Posts Tagged With: illness/recovery

Book Review: Guarding His Melody by Victoria Sue

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Guarding His Melody
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced (Standalone)
Heroes: Sebastian Armitage/Gray Darling
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A standalone in the Enhanced World

Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.

Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.

As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song….
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Book Review: Into the Light by Carter Quinn

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Into the Light
Author: Carter Quinn
Series: Avery #2
Heroes: Avery/Noah
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 166 Pages
Publisher: Carter Quinn Bookz
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Avery spent years in the blackness, fighting memories of abuse and feelings of self-loathing. His only sanctuary used to be his brother Sam, but after two years of intensive therapy and a long-term relationship with Noah, his world is a much brighter place.

Things have changed in the year and a half since Avery and Noah confessed their love for each other. Noah’s mother and brother have moved East. Sam and Kira are married. And Avery and Noah are moving in together at long last. Family dynamics strain in uncomfortable new ways, especially when Avery’s past reappears.

What will this mean for Avery’s recovery? Will he surrender to the Blackness or is he strong enough to continue his journey Into the Light?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Use by C.D. Reiss

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Use
Author: C.D. Reiss
Series: Songs of Perdition #2
Heroine/hero:  Fiona/Deacon
Genre: MF Erotica
Length: 151 Pages
Publisher: C.D. Reiss
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  In the end, did I stab him to be free of him? And free to what? Fuck? Snort? Party? Or free to be normal?
It was a very interesting situation, up there on Maundy,” Elliot said.

“Nothing like it in the world. It’s a safe place for people like me.”

“People like you? Can you be more specific?” He ran his finger on the edge of his blotter, and a chill went up my inner thighs.

“People like me means, I don’t know. Fuckers. We fuck because it’s what we do. Bus drivers drive. Accountants account. Policemen police. I’m a fucker. I fuck.”
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Flesh Cartel 19: Promise by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Reviewed by JustJen

iTitle: The Flesh Cartel 19: Promise
Author: Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Series: The Flesh Cartel #19
Heroes: Mat/Doug
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 56 Pages
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf:  Goodreads

Blurb:  In the exciting final season of the Flesh Cartel . . .

With the help of the FBI, Mat Carmichael has let himself be re-taken by the Flesh Cartel. Objective? Rescue his brother, exact revenge, and destroy the entire organization from the inside.

FBI Special Agent Nate Johnson will be playing backup, of course, but to get Dougie out alive, Mat will need to make sure his brother is out of Allen’s clutches before calling in the troops. Now that Mat’s back in bondage, though, there’s no way he can do it alone. He’ll have to ask for help from the only man within the Cartel who cares about Dougie’s welfare: Nikolai. And even knowing it will destroy him, Nikolai delivers.

Bringing down the Cartel should have been the hardest part, but it doesn’t take long to realize that the real challenge has only just begun. Dougie doesn’t know how to be free anymore, and Mat is forced to admit that he may no longer be strong enough to help himself, let alone his brother. But with loved ones in their corner and their love for each other banked but not extinguished, Mat and Dougie learn that you can come home again, no matter how desperate the circumstances you’ve left behind.
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Book Review: Flesh Cartel 18: The Long Road by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Reviewed by JustJen

20692882Title: Flesh Cartel 18: The Long Road
Author: Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Series: Flesh Cartel #18
Heroes: Mat/Doug
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 88 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  In the exciting final season of the Flesh Cartel . . .

With the help of the FBI, Mat Carmichael has let himself be re-taken by the Flesh Cartel. Objective? Rescue his brother, exact revenge, and destroy the entire organization from the inside.

FBI Special Agent Nate Johnson will be playing backup, of course, but to get Dougie out alive, Mat will need to make sure his brother is out of Allen’s clutches before calling in the troops. Now that Mat’s back in bondage, though, there’s no way he can do it alone. He’ll have to ask for help from the only man within the Cartel who cares about Dougie’s welfare: Nikolai. And even knowing it will destroy him, Nikolai delivers.

Bringing down the Cartel should have been the hardest part, but it doesn’t take long to realize that the real challenge has only just begun. Dougie doesn’t know how to be free anymore, and Mat is forced to admit that he may no longer be strong enough to help himself, let alone his brother. But with loved ones in their corner and their love for each other banked but not extinguished, Mat and Dougie learn that you can come home again, no matter how desperate the circumstances you’ve left behind.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Review: When Day Breaks by Maya Banks

Guest Reviewed by ~V~

1Title: When Day Breaks
Author: Maya Banks
Series: KGI #9
Heroes: Swanson/Eden
Genre: M/F Romantic Suspense
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Available at: Berkley, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Flesh Cartel #17: Boxed In by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: The Flesh Cartel #17: Boxed In
Author: Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz
Series: The Flesh Cartel #17
Heroes: Mat/Doug
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 2, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing; Amazon; Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: In the exciting final season of the Flesh Cartel . . .

With the help of the FBI, Mat Carmichael has let himself be re-taken by the Flesh Cartel. Objective? Rescue his brother, exact revenge, and destroy the entire organization from the inside.

FBI Special Agent Nate Johnson will be playing backup, of course, but to get Dougie out alive, Mat will need to make sure his brother is out of Allen’s clutches before calling in the troops. Now that Mat’s back in bondage, though, there’s no way he can do it alone. He’ll have to ask for help from the only man within the Cartel who cares about Dougie’s welfare: Nikolai. And even knowing it will destroy him, Nikolai delivers.

Bringing down the Cartel should have been the hardest part, but it doesn’t take long to realize that the real challenge has only just begun. Dougie doesn’t know how to be free anymore, and Mat is forced to admit that he may no longer be strong enough to help himself, let alone his brother. But with loved ones in their corner and their love for each other banked but not extinguished, Mat and Dougie learn that you can come home again, no matter how desperate the circumstances you’ve left behind..

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: dubious consent, explicit violence, non-consent.

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Only Guy by Skylar M. Cates

Reviewed by JustJen

21897596Title: The Only Guy
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Series: The Guy #2
Heroes: Aaron/Jesse
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 26, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he’s forced to take a medical discharge and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge.

Jesse Ross knows how to hide. He realizes he’s an oddball, and that he’s an outsider within his own family. He also knows his secret love since childhood, Aaron, only wants his good-looking, favored older brother. Yet Jesse could never completely abandon his intense feelings for Aaron. Over the years, Jesse was a faithful pen pal to him. Still, he’s shocked to his core to find Aaron on his doorstep.

As long-buried secrets and past hurts take center stage, the two are overwhelmingly drawn to each other. But it’s their future that may force them to risk everything.  Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Bones by Garrett Leigh

Reviewed by JustJen

Bones (Blue Boy #2)Title: Bones
Author: Garrett Leigh
Series: Blue Boy #2
Heroes: Cam/Sasha
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 124 pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Available at: Loose Id & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Cam is a veteran porn star at Blue Boy Studios. Known as Mr. Nice Guy, he’s the top every newbie bottom wants to be paired with.

But in recent months his beloved hardcore scenes have dried up. Instead, he finds himself stuck with a string of monotonous foreplay scenes. He takes his frustration to his boss, and warped kind of lover, Jon Kellar, but Jon won’t bend. Cam is a commodity and will do as he’s told…in every way.

Cam’s frustration builds, but a chance meeting with a hot BMXer distracts him. Sasha Tate is gorgeous, warm and wonderful; everything Cam has ever wanted. They bond over shared interests and a sizzling mutual attraction. Cam is exhilarated and thrilled, until his chosen profession gets in the way.

Sasha pulls back, and before Cam can fix it, life comes at him from all fronts. A crisis threatens much more than his relationship with Sasha, and as his world implodes he begins to realize that life will never be the same again.

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