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Review - The Layover by Roe Horvat

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 03, 2017

The Layover

Slovakian Ondro is on his way back to the home he left several years ago to escape bad memories and homophobia. There's just one hitch in his plan: a delayed flight means he missed his connection in Basel, and has to stay the night. It may not be a total loss, though, since another passenger in the same predicament, Jamie, catches Ondro's eye. More...

Review - Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 19, 2017

Permanent Ink

Twenty-something Poe is a young man without any direction. He's not a bad person, but since about the only thing he has any passion for is graffiti, Poe is headed for trouble sooner or later. He still lives in his father Landon's basement, and the man is near the end of his rope about what to do about his son. Hearing about Poe's problems, Landon's friend Jericho offers to take Poe on as his apprentice. The young man clearly has talent, but can he resist the pressure from his friends to make late night tags on buildings? More importantly, can Jericho resist his growing attraction to Poe, especially when it's clear the young man wants him? More...

Review - Exposed by Bey Deckard

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 13, 2017

Exposed

Greg is talented amateur photographer with a dominant streak, although he keeps it carefully under wraps after a rather painful experience in his past. Quite by accident on a trip to London from his home in Canada, he meets Emyr, an up and coming Welsh singer about half Greg's age. He is inexplicably drawn to the young man, yet the age difference and his own demons keep him from letting things go anywhere. The encounter seems to affect both of them. Greg can't get Emyr out of his head, and the singer pursues him until he agrees to be Emyr's official photographer for his upcoming tour. More...

Review - Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 27, 2016

Wrapped Together

Volume 5 of Portland Heat

Hollis and Sawyer have known each other since high school, and it would be hard to imagine two more different people. Hollis is a typical introvert: quiet and serious, he carefully considers each decision, avoids frivolity as well as crowds, and constantly over-thinks everything, especially when it comes to Sawyer. By comparison, Sawyer is outgoing and cheerful, quick to develop new passions, whether it's a hobby or a new boyfriend, but, at least in Hollis' eyes, just as quick to lose interest. Hollis has always had a bit of a crush on Sawyer, but he's kept it well under control, since he know he would be crushed when Sawyer eventually moved on if they ever got together. More...

Review - Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 16, 2016

Snakes Among Sweet Flowers

Ex-con Cam decides to escape the bad crowd that lead him into trouble, and two prison terms. He doesn't go far from his Atlanta home, settling down in Hog Mountain, a small town in rural Georgia. But he doesn't leave a life of crime completely behind. Cam can't resist scamming the people who stop by his little garage, over-charging them for minor repairs by making them out to be more than they are. He has most people fooled, except for one of the town's policemen, Jackson. He is sure Cam is still up to no good, even though the deeply closeted law man is also quite attracted to the tattooed criminal. More...

Review - Fire and Rain by Andrew Grey

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 16, 2016

Fire and Rain

Volume 3 of Carlisle Cops

Policeman Kip is on patrol one night when he encounters Jos and his little brother Isaac on the streets. The orphans became homeless when he lost his job and an unscrupulous landlord kicked him out of their apartment. After a second encounter with Jos, Kip takes pity on the young man and invites Isaac and Jos to stay with him.

It isn't long before the two men both feel a powerful attraction to each other. Kip even finds the prospect of being a parental figure to little Isaac rather appealing. But Jos has had too many bad experiences with being let down by people, and feels he needs to make his own way in the world. Can the two find a way to be together? More...

Review - ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 25, 2015

ePistols at Dawn

Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud. More...

Review - Lost in the Outcome

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 01, 2014

Lost in the Outcome

Tech wizard Nate wakes up in a strange hotel room, next to a cute stranger who turns out to be named Tim. With no recollection of how he got there, or what the two got up to in bed, Nate is a bit confused to say the least. He and Tim part company assuming they will never see each other. For Tim, who remembers every detail of their night together vividly, the realization that Nate remembers none of it, and doesn't want to see him again, is crushing. More...

Review - Not Just Friends

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 13, 2014

Not Just Friends

This review originally appeared in slightly different form at New Adult Book Reviews.

As Lewis moves into his university housing to start his first year of college, he meets his new roommates. There's the loud jock Dean, Andreas, Rob, and then there's Max. Openly gay Max confuses Lewis, awakening feelings that he has never acknowledged before. He and Max become good friends, and Lewis is prepared to come out, as well as tell Max how he feels, but then Max gets into a relationship of his own, so Lewis resolves not to interfere. More...

Review - Artist's Touch

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 13, 2014

Artist's Touch

Kenon is the art world's equivalent of a rock star. The young painter can pick and choose which commissions he takes on. The portraits he creates for the rich and famous help keep the private artists' club he has created afloat and at the center of New York's art scene. Kenon is used to getting what — and who — he wants. When a man catches his eye, he can be rather ruthless in pursuing them, but it's the pursuit that thrills him. Once he beds his quarry, he doesn't hold on to them for long. Kenon has been used and betrayed in the past, so he avoids letting anyone get close. What he doesn't see is that now he has become a user himself. More...

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