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Review - Potential Energy by Kim Fielding

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Haz Taylor is down on his luck, and he's been there for a year now. He managed to get his heavily damaged ship to a backwater planet, but without the use of the vessel, he has no way to make money to pay for repairs. Hope for escape seems to come from the most unlikely quarter: His old commander from the Earth-based Coalition, who offers to cover the cost of fixing Haz's ship and hire back his old crew.

Tags: Science Fiction

 

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Review - Genie in a Vodka Bottle by Rob Rosen

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Paul is on his way to Spain, on a vacation he booked with his now ex-boyfriend and forgot to cancel. Through a series of seemingly random encounters, Paul ends up in Gibraltar and then Morocco, where a bartender insists on serving him a bottle of vodka, which just happens to hold a genie. Once the magical being is released, the fun really begins, taking Paul, the genie, and even Paul's ex on a ride around the world and back in time.

Tags: Fantasy Humor

 

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Review - Ansariland by J. Alan Veerkamp

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In a dystopian future where the gulf between rich and poor is even greater (if you can imagine that), Arad is a “slug” — the common slang term for someone who's poor, homeless, and assumed to be uneducated. They are considered the dregs of society, and there are a lot of them. Most work is mechanized so jobs are scarce. The challenge is especially hard for Arad, whose true identity has been erased.

Tags: Science Fiction

 

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Review - Reinventing Cato by Barbara Elsborg

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After a few disastrous relationships, Cato decides to avoid romantic entanglements, never spending more than a night with people he meets in bars, often not even knowing their name. But as midnight approaches on New Years Eve at a party he'd rather not be at, Cato resolves to become a better person, to “reinvent” himself. Vigge is not quite out at work, where he's a police detective. He doesn't trust easily and has some rather heavy baggage from his childhood.

Tags: Contemporary UK Setting Mystery

 

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Review - A Long Way Back by Barbara Elsborg

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Having finally woken up from a semi-comatose state 14 months after Jonty's psychopathic wannabe boyfriend pushed him off a ladder, Tay is anxious to get his life back, on his own terms. He decides to move to London, away from the memories of Northumberland which include the realization that Jonty was more to him than just a best mate. But Tay doesn't yet have enough mobility to be completely independent, so his parents insist he get a live-in helper.

Tags: Contemporary UK Setting

 

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Review - The Walls Between Hearts by L.A. Witt

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After burying two partners, Terry isn’t interested in another relationship. He doesn’t want to face the possibility of going through the loss of another man he was close to. Gene feels much the same way. He hasn’t had to face the death of a partner, but after two divorces and a lot of failed relationships, he’s not looking for love. Friends with benefits might be nice, though. When Terry and Gene meet at a Las Palmas Fencing Club event, there’s an instant attraction, and since neither of them is looking for a relationship, they think they’ve found just what they’re looking for.

Tags: Contemporary

 

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Review - Heat for Sale by Blake Moreno

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In a world made up solely of males, university student Adrien is an omega, a male capable of bearing a child, and he is about to experience his first heat. Most omegas would have close family to arrange for an alpha to handle the delicate situation, but Adrien is all alone. Since he’s also in need of money to pay for the rest of his education, he has little choice but to auction off his first heat, and the possibility to be bred, to the highest bidder.

Tags: Speculative Fiction M-preg

 

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Review - Natural Beauty by Meraki P. Lyhne

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While plans proceed for Daniel’s investiture as king of the North American cubi, the young man himself still isn’t completely sure he will be up to the task. The prospect would be daunting enough, without the added responsibility of being practically in a state of war with rogue elements of the human military. Meanwhile, freed “breeder” Alex is having trouble adjusting to life outside the cubi world. He felt used as a sex slave by the cubi, but now that he’s home with his homophobic parents and working a thankless job in a stock room, he begins to see his former life in a new light.

Tags: Menage Fantasy

 

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Review - The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt

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Experienced fencer Mikhail takes an instant dislike to brash newcomer Ryan. The aggressive young man has talent, but no discipline. And if there’s one thing Mikhail knows, it’s discipline, whether it be on the piste or in the bedroom. Mikhail decides to teach the cocky fencer a lesson and challenges him to a match. He isn’t surprised when he wins easily, but he is surprised when a contrite Ryan asks Mikhail to give him lessons.

Tags: D/s BDSM

 

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Review - Luchador by Erin Finnegan

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After his parents are killed in a gang shooting in Phoenix, 10 year-old Gabriel is raised by his aunt and uncle in Mexico City. He matures into a smart and athletic young man, but one thing from his childhood remains constant: his love of Lucha Libre, the popular form of wrestling that combines athletics, performance art and folklore. When attending an event with his would-be boyfriend, Gabriel witnesses a match featuring a wrestler known as La Rosa and is instantly enthralled.