Posts Tagged With: First-Time

Book Review: Battered & Bruised, but not broken by T.L. Travis and Piper Kay

Reviewed by JustJen

Title:Battered & Bruised, but not broken
Authors: T.L. Travis and Piper Kay
Heroes: Hunter/Elliott
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 125 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Battered & bruised, but not broken, is an erotic, male/male, gay romance/gay erotica novel. It’s the culmination of two lost souls finding what they didn’t know they were looking for.

Hunter’s an ex-con, always in the wrong place at the wrong times, which is how he landed up in prison. He’s looking to start anew, when in walks Elliott.

Timid , sheltered, Elliott, has his life in order. Or so he thinks. That is until, Hunter, introduces him to a whole new world.

Both are battling demons from the past, but what happens when their two worlds collide?
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Audio Review: Empty Net by Avon Gale/Scott R. Smith

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Empty Net
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #4
Heroes: Isaac Drake/Laurent St. Savoy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 38 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating).
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Published in 2017, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Izzy’s Boy by Viva Gold

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Izzy’s Boy
Author: Viva Gold
Series: Woolf Tales #1
Heroes: Isadore Woolf (Izzy)/Adam Cohen
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 227 Pages
Publisher: Viva Gold
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Isadore Woolf is a man who knows what he wants in life and most recently that happens to be Adam Cohen. Isadore comes from a steady background with loving and supportive parents and is a good son. He has rejected his father’s wealth in favour of making his own and he has built a successful career in the financial world.

Izzy surrounds himself with people who cater to his needs and never more so than at his ‘club’ where his Dominant side is free to express itself among the many willing subs happy to kneel at his feet. But Isadore has reached the stage where his tastes have matured and refined, and the tall, muscle packed, long haired, quietly spoken Adam Cohen feeds every one of his kinks. Getting this mountain of a man to submit seems impossible but Izzy was never one to back down from a challenge.

Still, it’s not all handcuffs and roses as a sinister plot of revenge against Adam could jeopardise their love and even their lives.

Can Izzy save Adam?

Can Adam be what Izzy needs?

Fierce passion and untamed arrogance drives Isadore to risk everything for a future together.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Debut Authors, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Matchstick Men by Adira August with Give Away!

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Matchstick Men
Author: Adira August
Series: A Hunter Dane Investigation
Heroes: Hunter/Cam
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Adira August
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  SEX, GAMES & MURDER ~ Want to play?

It was munch night at the most elite underground BDSM club in the Rockies. Relaxed and informal, highlighted by the weekly Matchstick Challenge game.

Detective Sergeant Hunter Dane, reigning champion, looked forward to a relaxing evening to start his 3 days off. A few beers on the deck. An interlude with a sweet sub. Stumping a challenger with a new puzzle. Home early for a decent night’s sleep.

Some people are SO deadly serious about their games.

Now Hunt has a fresh body and a new puzzle to solve in twenty-four hours if he wants to find a killer.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Pounding Skin by L.A. Witt

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Pounding Skin
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #2
Heroes: Jon Russell/Matt Huffman
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Swerve
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  A Skin Deep, Inc. Novel

Fighter pilot Jon Russell never sleeps with the same man twice. Known for his lack of shame when it comes to hooking up, Jon has no interest in commitment—even friends with benefits sounds like too much work.

Matt Huffman has slept with lots of women. He’s had loads of girlfriends. So why does the hot as hell pilot getting a tattoo as the result of a lost bet stop his breath? And how come he can’t stop thinking about him, even after he’s gone?

When Jon returns to Skin Deep the second time, he doesn’t want another tattoo. He wants to hook up with the gorgeous artist he spent hours agonizingly close to, and Matt wants to explore some curiosity about men. Fulfill the desire he can’t stop fantasizing over. And he wants to do it with Jon.

As their casual hook up becomes more than just skin deep, both Matt and Jon are faced with questions they don’t want to answer. Matt understands he’s bi—but are these feelings he has typical of hooking up with a man? Or is it only Jon that can make his heart pound? If Jon wanted nothing more than a fling, why does he find himself needing not just Matt’s body, but all of him? And can their relationship withstand the hardships that makes Jon avoid them in the first place?

The Skin Deep, Inc books can be read in any order—come enter a world where gorgeous tattoo artists and hot Navy men find passion, pleasure, and a happily ever after together.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Oversight by Santino Hassell

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Oversight
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Community #2
Heroes: Holden/Sixtus
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 242 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb:  Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.
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Book Review: The Otter’s Tale by Charlie Richards

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: The Otter’s Tale
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: A Paranormal’s Love #20
Heroes: Aziel Boltzon/Jerome Laguna
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 108 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb:  Into the Paranormal World: Getting lost in the woods, an otter shifter discovers a treasure beyond value.

While helping out some of his buddies, Aziel Boltson learns the creatures that go bump in the night are real. His mother’s stories are true–gargoyles, shifters, and more actually exist. The local paranormals–a gargoyle clutch–have an estate north of town. Aziel loves using the natural wildlife as an outdoor gym, lifting tree branches and swimming in the pond. Spotting the pond’s local gator going after a huge otter, Aziel moves to intervene. He ends up injured, but it’s not all bad. The otter turns into the sexiest man Aziel has ever seen–Jerome Laguna. While he’s never been with a guy, he can’t help but want this one. To Aziel’s pleasure, Jerome claims he is his mate. Unfortunately, a prophesy of Aziel’s mother’s rears its ugly head in the form of Jerome’s family attempting to hunt him down and take him back to the Amazon. Can Aziel and his friends help Jerome escape his otter family’s clutches or will the prophesy be fulfilled, forcing Aziel to lose his one true love and his future in one fell swoop?
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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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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Kissing Lessons by Susan Laine

Reviewed by Morgan 

Title: Kissing Lessons
Author: Susan Laine
Series: Before…And After #2
Heroes: Merry/Boone
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 81 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 26, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.
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