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The Ellery Mountain Series

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The Agent and the Model (Ellery Mountain #7)The Agent and the Model by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Mikey’s story.

Michael is returning to Ellery Mountain after six years away with only sporadic and short visits to his nan. He has nightmares even now about what happened to him in the park and doesn’t feel safe in the small Tennessee town. In fact he feels safer in the big city.

His infuriating agent, and ex, Alex, is friends with the actor Jason McInnery and hitches a ride down to Ellery with Michael for a party and an extended stay with his friend.

Michael can’t even look at Alex, let alone spend time with him. Not after an attack in Paris left him vulnerable and scared and it was all Alex’s fault.

So what did I think?

The Ellery Mountain series consistently delivers, each book emotional and heartwarming. I have enjoyed each of the pairings and loved all the characters, from the very first book to this, the seventh in the series.

This is the story of Mikey, now all grown up, a successful model who no longer lives in Ellery, instead Michael (as he is now called) travels the world modelling for designer labels, only returning to town infrequently. He has found success, fame and fortune but he is still haunted by the attack on his life six years before.

Recent events have further shaken Michael and he finds himself with some choices to make. His contract is up for renewal and he needs to decide what his future holds – more modelling or a return to study? He is also running from Alex, his agent and the man he had started to fall in love with. Michael returns to his Nan and friends in Ellery while he makes some decisions. Luckily Alex is a determined man and isn’t going to give up on Michael and visiting his friend Jason (the actor and old client) gives him reason to stay in Ellery.

I must admit that I found Michael’s response to Alex’s actions in Paris frustrating – obviously he was still severely traumatised by his original attack, otherwise he was totally overreacting – one of those situation’s where you just want to shake the character and make them listen to what the other character has to say!

This book gives opportunity for the men of Ellery to help Mikey overcome his fears and put his past behind him. It is a story of friendship and support and healing. There are some warm and emotional moments, some romantic moments (one of the couples has some big news) and happy endings all round.

Best line from the book……

“Ellery is like some kind of hot bed for gay men, and I’m sure Jason will be able to hook me up.”

Most amusing….picturing two grown men with overnight bags, two wheeled cases and a dog, traveling for hours in a Porsche – the boot (trunk) and interior space must be a lot bigger than I remember!

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest review

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To find out more about R.J. Scott and her books, visit her website.

Buy The Agent and The Model from Totally Bound. 

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Tread Marks & Trademarks by S.A. McAuley

This is the first book in the Team Maker Jock series.

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Tread Marks & TrademarksTread Marks & Trademarks by S.A. McAuley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Alex Maddox may be a genius. Or not. In thirty-four days he’ll know for sure. The robot he’s been perfecting for the last four years is finally ready. Alex won’t accept anything less than perfection—if he can keep a broken air conditioner, a flaky twin brother, a thirtieth birthday, and falling for the Norse god of advertising from derailing him.

Christian Lawson is an advertising god. A blond hottie with the beautiful brains to match. He’s worked hard to move past the accident that nearly took his legs, but it’s been years since he let any man get close enough to see just how deep his scars really go.

Christian isn’t the advertising executive Alex expected, and Alex isn’t the coolly confident inventor Christian’s had his eye on for years. But what they discover in each other may just be better than what either of them could have hoped for.

Note: This is a novel that is an expanded and re-edited combined version of the two novellas previously published as The Maker Jock and Tread Marks and Trademarks.

So what did I think?

What makes this story special is the contrast in the main characters.

Firstly we have Alex – geeky and clever and easy to give his heart but fearful of not being wanted for himself. Then there is Christian, advertising high-flyer and astute business man with fabulous good looks but still dealing with the ramifications from a serious accident.

Alex has invented a robot with technology that will revolutionise the world. He is dedicated and focused on his craft and an active participant of the Makers Movement. Until this book, I hadn’t even heard of movement but a quick Google search later and I found out that Maker Movement is very much a real thing! Through his twin brother, Alex is introduced to Christian and a relationship blossoms.

The story follows Alex’s completion of his robot, preparation for a Maker Fair and ultimately his plans for the future. As Alex has success with his technology and receives offers, he and Christian are building their relationship. Alex has been hurt in the past, with people riding his coat tails and waiting for his big break. Interestingly he gives his heart to Christian fairly easily. They also need to deal with Christian’s past as his previous relationship connects with his and Alex’s business venture.

I loved the characters and the story overall however it did take me a while to really get into it but by part 2 of the book I was hooked. I found the Maker Movement interesting but found there was a little too much corporate wheeling and dealing for my liking – I didn’t fully understand all the business negotiation (I probably didn’t really need to know what it meant to follow the story but I hate reading things I don’t fully understand.)

Bonus points for some big romantic gestures, lead characters who want to do good for the world and a nice happy ending!

I loved Micah, Alex’s identical twin – identical in looks but very different in personality – and I’m hoping the next book is his story! (Yes, Micah’s gay too!)

A copy of this book was received from the publisher in return for my honest review.

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To find out more about S.A. McAuley and her books visit her Goodreads Author Profile.

Buy the book from Amazon.

Buy the book from Wilde City Press.

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★★★★ Pre-release review: Payoff by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

The Market Garden series:

  • Quid Pro Quobook #1
  • Take It Offbook #2
  • If It Fliesbook #3
  • If It Fornicatesbook #4
  • Capture & Surrenderbook #5
  • Payoff book # 6 – in this review – available for pre-order – release date 3rd Feb 2014
  • If It Drivesbook #7 – available for pre-order –  due for release 31st March 2014

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Payoff (Market Garden, #6)Payoff by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Tristan and Jared have got it made. When they aren’t raking in the cash together at Market Garden, they’re burning up their own sheets and getting closer by the day. But something isn’t right. Tristan’s on edge, and Jared doesn’t understand why.

Before they can hash things out, their services are requested by none other than Rolex. And Rolex doesn’t just want to be a bystander this time. He wants Jared while Tristan watches, and he’s more than willing to pay for it.

But Tristan’s reached a breaking point, and even that huge wad of cash might not be enough to keep tonight’s arrangement from crashing and burning.

So what did I think?

This review will have spoilers if you haven’t read the series yet! But if you haven’t read the series yet, get to it!

Market Garden is a club in London with an exclusive clientele with very hot and sexy rent boys to service their every need. The series has focused on different couples – some short stories that are hot and sexy, some longer stories, some focused on new characters and some giving us more of the characters we love.

Tristan and Jared are the original rentboys. In the first book, Quid Pro Quo, Jared has a crush on Tristan. Rolex (their client) requests to see them together making Jared’s dreams come true – heaps of sexual tension and passion! In the second book, Take It Off, it’s Tristan who can’t stop thinking of Jared. It’s hot and sexy with Jared in control and ends with Tristan and Jared acknowledging their interest in each other outside of Market Garden.

Books 3 (If It Flies) and 4 (If It Fornicates) focus on Nick and Spencer’s story while book 5 (Capture & Surrender) is about Frank and Stefan.

Payoff, the sixth book in the series, takes us back to Tristan and Jared. With a similar feel to the first books, it’s hot and sexy and short but manages to pack in a lot in those pages. Rolex returns but this time his request is something that Tristan finds really difficult to handle. Rolex wants Tristan to watch while he plays with Jared.

Filled with tension – an interesting combination of emotional and sexual tension – things finally come to a climax for these boys as they come to terms with how to balance working together and being together.

Hot and satisfying!

This ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for my honest review.

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To find out more about L.A. Witt and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Aleksandr Voinov and his books visit his website.

Buy/Preorder Payoff from Riptide Publishing

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Fancy a cowboy story or two?

 

  • New York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall
  • Cowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane

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New York CowboyNew York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The blurb…

NB: 20% of each copy sold will be donated to the Friends of Roxburghe House hospice in memory of my friend Keith Donald who lost his brave fight with cancer on the 7 September 2013.

It’s been six months since Vance Wolf buried his father. Driven to an early grave by the constant harassment of the new owner of the neighboring property, Andrew Blackwell. Now Vance’s cattle are disappearing faster than he can replace them and their cash flow has been wiped out by the new barn they had to build after the other one mysteriously caught fire. The local sheriff’s pockets are being lined by Blackwell, so Vance knows they’re on their own and is at his wits end. Then his mother suggests they open up the ranch to business types as a cowboy camp.

Adam Prentiss arrives at Wolf Creek Ranch on a team-building exercise with the four colleagues in his department. He is not the cowboy type, but has no choice as his boss, and father, has sent him to Wolf Creek with instructions to delve into the financial status of the ranch and report back to him. Falling for Vance Wolf had not been part of the plan, but the connection between them had been instant. But what was he more afraid of? Disobeying his boss or Vance finding out Adam’s father was in fact Andrew Blackwell and he’d been sent to help him appropriate Vance’s land by any means necessary?

So what did I think?

“Who are you, City-boy?”
“I’m the Lone Ranger to your Tonto,” Adam replied, kissing him again. “The Rawhide to your Bonanza. The Curly to your Mo. The _”

Vance and Adam are beautiful together and they hit it off from the very beginning. Adam is part of a corporate client group attending a program on Vance’s ranch. But all is not as it seems and Adam’s father is the arch enemy.

This is a story of gorgeous cowboys, insta-love, miscommunication, corporate foul-play and ultimate happy endings!

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Cowboy WaltzCowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

A horse stock manager on the rodeo tour, gruff cowboy Jed Hastings is in a bind. He needs a new assistant yesterday. Enter green-as-hell Booker West. Booker spent his childhood dreaming about being a part of the rodeo. He doesn’t have any experience working with horses, but Jed doesn’t have options, and gives the newbie a chance.

Innocent about the world and secretly gay, Booker works like the devil to hide his attraction to Jed. He doesn’t just want to be a wannabe-cowboy with a crush; he wants to learn from Jed. Booker craves Jed’s respect, friendship, and trust. For Jed, he knows an eager young colt like Booker should work his last nerve, yet he finds he has endless patience with the guy. He’s possessive about Booker too. And while bunking together does create intimacy, that doesn’t explain away straight Jed’s explicit sexual fantasies and growing desire for another man.

When a life altering event sends Jed and Booker reeling, a night of raw passion between the men finally explodes. But in the light of day, can Booker help Jed accept their love? Or will this unearthed attraction send Jed to a dark place from which he can’t recover?

So what did I think?

I needed a dose of cowboy and this book delivered in spades – two hot, but very different men, on the rodeo circuit. Oh, but the tension, too much and too drawn out! I enjoyed the story, I just wanted them to work things out and maybe talk and get things moving. But once they did – smoking!

Poor Booker, whom Jed calls “Colt”, started working for Jed when he was nineteen, both of them looking after horses for their boss on the rodeo circuit. Booker knows he is gay and falls immediately in love/lust with Jed. Jed shows Booker the ropes and they build a strong friendship over the years but eventually living together in a small trailer becomes too much. Booker with his longing for Jed and Jed because he comes to have feelings for Booker that he didn’t expect and can’t deal with.

There is drama and tension and bad decisions and it took these guys a long time to work things out. But when they did, they did it properly with lots of emotion and romance.

The title is correct – this is a waltz – slowly, round-and-round – I liked it but think I would have loved it if it had been more of a jig!

3.5 stars

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To find out more about Lisa Worrall and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Cameron Dane and her books visit her website.

Buy New York Cowboy and Cowboy Waltz from Amazon.

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Cabin Boys: William Cooper talks about the trick to successful erotica as he launches his new book.

William Cooper has a new book out – Cabin Boys. Firstly let me start by saying this book is brother on brother action which is perfectly fine by me. I’m perfectly happy to read a book with a twincest or a brocest theme and have actually posted a couple of reviews for this type of book on the blog before – check them out if you’re interested!

Even if this isn’t your usual type of book, it’s interesting to read what William has to say about his special niche plus there’s an excerpt to give you a little taste. Enjoy!


Cabin Boys

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The Trick to Successful Erotica

Many authors make their living writing erotica. However, making good money from erotica isn’t as easy as you’d think. You can just throw up a quick 5k vanilla sex scene on Amazon and expect to start rolling in money. Once you’ve learned the ropes though, you can be successful.

The main trick to writing successful erotica is to use kinks and niches to your advantage. Psuedo-incest, BBW, and dubcon are all very popular niches. Same with virgins, barely legal, and BDSM. Your best bet is to pick a niche or kink and stick to it.

For my, my best niche is Brother/Brother books. It’s still a pretty small genre, but there’s a good size market for it. Pseudo-incest and Incest are both popular in the M/F genres, but they’re even more popular in the M/M genre.

Just let men love watching twin women having sex in porn, women enjoy reading about two sexy twin men who don’t mind being intimate together. Some authors achieve this niche by doing M/M/M and having two brothers seduce another non-related male. Others, like myself, cut out the third party and just let the brothers get freaky together.

Some people won’t touch the genre with a ten foot pole, as either a reader or a writer, and that’s fine. There are tons of other kinks just waiting to be tapped into. If you’re looking at making a living from erotica, learn what niches are out there and find one you enjoy writing.

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The Blurb…

Aaron has been in love with his brother for years. Unfortunately for Aaron, those feelings haven’t been mutual. Elliot loves his brother, sure, but he’s not in love with Aaron. After a drunken night up at their parents’ cabin in the woods, could things finally be going Aaron’s way?

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Cabin Boys Excerpt

Elliot sent shivers through my body as he ran his tongue along my shaft. Arching my back, hips driving up to give him better access, I wished he’d stop teasing me. God, just suck it already. He opted for mercy and worked his magic by taking my cock into his hot mouth. Heart slamming against my ribs, I thought maybe his mouth might be what heaven feels like—sexual redemption to be found sliding my cock between his full, red lips.

With each rise and fall of Elliot’s head, I got closer to coming. The weight of the impending orgasm, the pressure in my balls drove me insane. I wanted him to take my cum, wanted him to swallow every last drop. Then I wanted to push him down onto the bed and suck his cock dry. I could almost hear his moans as he fisted my hair.

Just as I was about to come, I heard my bedroom door open and it jarred me out of my fantasy. I opened my eyes and yanked my blanket over my lower half as Elliot sauntered in. Even though it was pretty obvious what I’d been doing, I still didn’t need him to see for himself. The heat rising in my cheeks assured me they were bright red as I faced him down. It didn’t help that he was the object of my fantasy.

Elliot stood in the doorway, a slight grin on his face. He wore only a pair of basketball shorts. It was obvious he’d been working out in the basement again. Droplets of sweat slid down his body, moving along the curves of his chest and abs. I loved that the only hair he had on his chest was the little trail leading from his belly button to beneath his shorts. Elliot’s grin solidified my assumption that he knew I was jerking off.

Even though I was twenty-one, I felt like a teenager again. I couldn’t wait until I was out of the house and had my own place. I had hoped for some privacy by now, but Elliot had decided to live with our parents until he finished his MBA. He claimed it was far less expensive than on-campus housing or an apartment.

My gaze roamed over his body, from the contours of his shoulder, down his pecs and abs, to the small trail of hair that lead to the prize inside his shorts. Stop that! I chastised myself. I couldn’t let Elliot notice me ogling him, much less figure out he’d just interrupted a fantasy involving him. He was my brother, after all, and I can’t imagine he’d be pleased with it.

“You got any plans for the weekend?” he asked.

I rolled my eyes. The fucker could’ve at least said hello or apologized for not knocking when he came in. He reinforced my belief that I’d gotten all the manners from our genetic pool, and they’d drifted right past him. Elliot never was one to beat around the bush. “Nope, why?”

He leaned against the doorframe with his arms crossed in front of his chest, still grinning from his embarrassing masturbatory discovery. “I was thinking we could go up to the cabin for the weekend. We haven’t been up there since last summer, and I wanna grab some beers and have some fun before school starts up again.”

“Sounds good. I could use a few days away from the house. We leave in the morning?” Elliot was right. We hadn’t gone up there since about this time last year. We were well overdue for a break away from the rest of the world.

“Yeah, if that works for you. We can stop at the liquor store down the street and stock up like we always do. How’s that sound?”

I nodded. “Yeah, that works for me. What time we leaving?”

“Be ready to go around six,” Elliot said, then winked. “Have fun taking care of that.” He turned and left, closing the door behind him.

Six? Seriously? As far as I was concerned, there were no hours between two am and eight am. No one in their right mind wants to get up that early. But then again, no one ever said Elliot was in his right mind.

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So what did I think?

The excerpt, which is actually the beginning of the book, sets the tone for the whole story, as Aaron and his brother Elliot head off for a weekend at their family cabin. Aaron has fantasised about his brother for years and this trip is the weekend where all his fantasies come true. Skinny dipping and too much alcohol lower their inhibitions and Aaron finds himself the lucky recipient of the type of attention he ‘s been craving from his brother. There’s no gradual introduction to the world of gay sex as these guys get stuck straight into it! Lots and lots of brother on brother action in this short story and Aaron can’t believe his luck!

 The blurb says that Aaron has been in love with Elliot for years. This may be the case but if so, the story doesn’t really show why – this is all about the physical attraction rather than giving much insight into the characters. There’s an interesting acceptance by Elliot (who is not gay and therefore can’t give Aaron everything he desires “It was a little disappointing, but any sex with Elliot would be worth it.”) and  a  rather relaxed attitude regarding their activities. This isn’t an angsty, guilt-filled story – this is short and sexy with an unexpected little turn at the end which I’m sure will lead to another story and adventure for Aaron.

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About William Cooper…
William Cooper has been writing and reading since he was little. In 2010 he took the first step toward publishing a book and hasn’t looked back since.
Whether it’s two men who met in college or brothers who have been in love their entire life, William loves to tell their story for everyone to read.
You can find William Cooper online at:

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Cabin Boys is available for purchase from Stiff Rain Press. Click here to buy.

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Thank you William for sharing your thoughts and the excerpt of your new book!

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★★★★★ With or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg ★★★★★

With or Without HimWith or Without Him by Barbara Elsborg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“The most dangerous refuge could be his lover’s arms. ”

Everyone has at least one deep-seated fear. For Tyler, it’s being in debt. He’s so desperate to get out and stay out of it, he’ll do almost anything-including selling his body at Saturday night sex parties.

But he refuses to open his mind to anyone, especially the men paying to use him however they want. The only time he’s truly happy is during the week at college, when he can escape into his music.

The moment Haris sees Tyler playing piano at a concert, he falls hard, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make the guy his. Even if it means-for the first time in his life-opening his wallet as wide and desperate as his heart.

20,000 to live with a good-looking guy for four months? How can Tyler resist the chance to ditch the sex party scene for good? But neither man realizes how much they’re risking. And when outside forces close in, ready to destroy them, the trickiest part about the next four months could be just surviving.

Warning: Contains a “for hire” bad boy with a filthy mouth, an awkward guy with a penchant for BDSM, a hypochondriac butler who won’t shut up, a dog called Alcide, and a lot of hot and dirty M/M sex.

So what did I think?

LOVE the cover!

Wonderfully brilliant! I totally fell in love with both Haris and Tyler, and was spellbound by their story.

So different, and yet so similar, both men have painful pasts that have left them emotionally scarred. This is a story of learning to trust and opening hearts but is also so much more. The story line is complex as the pasts of both Haris and Tyler challenge their relationship.

Tyler is twenty-one. A music student with a huge fear of owing money. This fear drives him to sell his body to pay his school fees. He is a talented musician and a passionate young man but he is haunted by events from his childhood.

Haris is an exotic businessman with his own secrets. He has been through events that no man should have to suffer and is unable to trust. However he finds Tyler irresistible and offers him a deal that Tyler is unable to turn away from.

The heat and passion between Tyler and Haris is magnificent and slowly, their hearts come to feel what their bodies already know – they are made for each other, body and soul.

However the road to happiness is paved with challenges as Tyler’s previous ’employer’ refuses to let him go and Haris’ past finally catches up with him. Both men face evil and danger.

I found this book to be totally compelling read, a true page turner that was hard to put down. Luckily I didn’t have any other pressing things to do during the early hours of the morning!

I can’t end this review without a word about the fabulous Wilson, Haris’ chauffeur/butler. He is a character to adore – loyal and cheeky, with his witty one-liners had me chuckling quietly.

Combining lots of emotional turmoil, huge amounts of drama, passionate sexual encounters and true romanticism this is a highly recommended read.

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To find out more about Barbara Elsborg and her books visit her website.

Buy With Or Without Him from Amazon.

Buy With Or Without Him from Samhain.

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★★★★★ Last First Kiss by Diane Adams ★★★★★

The Southern Comfort series…

  • Last First Kiss (book #1)

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Last First Kiss (Southern Comfort #1)Last First Kiss by Diane Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Eighteen-year-old Gage Harris is not a part of twenty-five year old Trent Foster’s plans. He likes Gage but the intense attraction between them makes remaining just friends unlikely, and the young farmer with two small children is a complication Trent doesn’t need.

Despite all the reasons to stay away, Trent is pulled into the small family. Gage’s boys are delightful and the young man’s honesty and genuine affection impossible to resist. Trent is intrigued by a life so different from everything he’s known. As he struggles to reconcile his plans with his feelings Trent begins to suspect that his random offer of a ride in the rain might lead straight to his last first kiss.

So what did I think?

Totally fabulous – 5 stars all the way!

I was intrigued from the beginning, with it’s clever blog post, right through until the wonderful, happy ending. Stupidly (I’m a very impatient person!) I started this book when I went to bed and then found myself unable to put it down until I’d read the very last page. Who needs a lot of sleep – so overrated!

I wasn’t 100% sure what I was in for when the book started with Trent breaking up with his “We’re a couple, but club sex doesn’t count.” boyfriend. What a douche bag! But the book moves away from the club scene and instead we get a slow introduction to Trent, interspersed with chapter introductions in the form of Gage’s blog posts.

Trent is a medical administrator for a small practice in a small town – well educated, he had made decisions that will result in his career progressing. His stop in the current job and town is a temporary one to gain experience before moving on.

I found the reasoning for Trent’s focus on his career quite insightful. “The lack of gay role models in his life, the absence of anyone to teach him being gay did not mean he had to fill his life with shallow, meaningless sexual encounters had left him empty. As a result he had focused exclusively on his career, trapped by his belief he wouldn’t find purpose for his life anywhere else.” Thank goodness his world opened up and he’d discovered that gay men could have life-long meaningful relationships, something that he was hoping for.

Trent enjoys the quiet life which includes a scenic country detour that becomes his regular route to work. His drive down a country road takes him past Gage each day. Gage is a farmer who walks the miles to work on his uncle’s farm. One rainy day, Trent offers him a lift and thus starts a morning tradition. It is so gorgeous that a small thing, such as seeing Gage for a few minutes a day, can become so important in Trent’s life and make his day.

Gage is a wonderfully unique character – a father at age eighteen with two adorable sons. His situation is very unusual, life’s circumstances giving plenty of opportunity to show what a brave and honourable man he is. He made some tough decisions to support the mother of his children and give his boys the best life he could.

He seems so mature in so many ways that it is hard to remember he is only eighteen. However, he may appear strong and capable on one hand but on the other there are some lovely tender moments which show his vulnerability. His blog posts are heartbreaking at times, but so reinforcing of his mature reasoning and sense of ethics.

The success of this book for me with the gentle progression of the relationship between Trent and Gage and the struggles they both experienced in their attempt to do the right thing – the right thing by themselves, each other and the children. The children were superb – the individual characters were endearing (without being too cutesy) and the dialogue at the perfect level to capture the essence of a four year old.

A wonderful combination of plot and characters with emotion and drama – a true feel-good story.

This is an honest review of a book provided by the publisher, with no commitment for me to provide a review.

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To find out more about Diane Adams and her books visit her website.

Buy Last First Kiss from Amazon.

Buy directly from Love Lane Books.

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Bringing Him Home by Penny Brandon

Bringing Him HomeBringing Him Home by Penny Brandon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jared knew that looking for a man to love was pointless because he’d never be able to bring him home. But one chance meeting and one hot night with Kyle had Jared seriously trying to figure out if he really had to live by the rules of someone else’s intolerance.

Torn between wanting Kyle and facing the narrow-mindedness of a small country town, Jared didn’t know what to do. Could Kyle really want Jared enough to deal with the town’s hostility together? By the time Jared got himself ready to talk to Kyle, to ask him, Kyle had left.

Kyle had been looking to find someone to love, looking for a place to call home, and one blazing night spent in Jared’s arms and Kyle knew Jared was just the man he was looking for. But Kyle had a feeling Jared didn’t want to bring Kyle home with him and when he found out why he had no choice but to leave.

It didn’t matter that he wanted Jared, or even that Jared wanted him. The town where Jared lived was the one town Kyle swore he would never set foot in again.

So what did I think?

Jared, a trucker returning home, meets the man of his dreams at a road side service station. A coincidental meeting (yes, it was highly unlikely) that forces Kyle to address his past and Jared to make some decisions about his own future.

This is a story of small town bigotry that had caused both Kyle and Jared to hide their sexuality. For Jared, although accepted by his family, he fears for the impact on his fledgling business. For Kyle, his own parents couldn’t accept who he was.

There were a couple of things that stood out as a little strange (view spoiler) but if you parked the slight sense of disbelief it was a quick, easy and enjoyable story.

My main issue was the amount of sex in the story. The sex scenes were well written but there just seemed too many of them, to the point where I was doing a bit of skimming. The story starts with the two men encountering each other in the showers and starts with Jared’s fantasy about Kyle. The first 20% of the book is largely focused on this attraction then some quick sex before both men are thinking about long term relationships. Their feelings were just too quickly engaged without really knowing each other. Plus there seemed way too much trust (in the use of condoms) for two men just meeting. They then have lots of sex very regularly through the rest of the book.

One a very minor point, I also was a little confused as to the setting of this story when I first started reading. The reference to Jared’s “Ranch” had me assuming the US but it terms out it’s country NSW where the term ‘ranch’ would not be used. In this case it would most likely be called a property or a station if it was a huge spread. But it was good to see other Australian terms used correctly such as BBQ.

I am now off to read Blind Passion by the same author – I’ve read lots of good things about it!

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To find out more about Penny Brandon and her books visit her website.

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The Groom Wore Nothing At All by Hunter Raines

The Groom Wore Nothing at AllThe Groom Wore Nothing at All by Hunter Raines

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Hot-shot lawyer Matthew Owens has it all: a great job, a supportive family, and a fiancée who’s as professional and well respected as he is. Or at least, that’s what he’d like everyone to think. The truth is that Joe Khalousi may be an accountant, but he does the books for a strip club. It’s not exactly the kind of job Matt’s family had in mind for their future son-in-law.

Worse, Joe is covered in tattoos. They run up one arm and down the other, blanket his back, while some even mark other, more private, places. Matt loves to run his tongue along every one of those inky markings, but he’d be mortified if his friends and family ever found out what Joe hides beneath his pinstriped suits.

Yet when Joe’s desperate employer recruits him to provide the night’s entertainment at the Purple Pecker Club during their monthly Tattoo Madness event, all his secrets are revealed. Joe doesn’t know Matt’s friends have brought him to the club for his bachelor party, and Matt certainly has no idea Joe is going to be the main attraction.

When the stage lights come on, will Joe and Matt’s relationship vanish as quickly as Joe’s clothes? Or will this be the red-hot wake-up call Matt needs to decide whether his attraction to Joe is only skin deep?

So what did I think?

This had a really cute premise. Matt is fairly conservative on the outside and maintains this appearance with this family, friends and at work. He and Joe have been going out for a couple of years and are getting married the next day.

Joe is an accountant but he works for a strip club (I wouldn’t have thought they’d need a full time finance guy but what would I know?!) and he has a secret. Under his clothes he has gorgeous tattoos – tattoos that Matt loves, particularly the ones on his butt! But these tattoos, and Joe’s place of work, have been kept secret from Matt’s friends and family – little white lies.

Joe has brought out the wilder side in Matt but this doesn’t necessarily mean that Matt is prepared for his friends to discover his ‘other side’ on the night of his bucks night.

This was a nice story with some sexy parts and a sweet happy ending. I’m not sure I fully believed what Matt accepted in the strip club (view spoiler)and what his friends got up to (view spoiler) given they were supposed to be a bit conservative but I was only reading this for some light entertainment anyway. It was fun!

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To find out more about Hunter Raines and her books visit her website.

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Sibling Rivals by Summer Devon

Sibling RivalsSibling Rivals by Summer Devon

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Meeting the family shouldn’t be this complicated.

As the designated slacker of the family, Peter Stevens was accustomed to being eclipsed by his “perfect” older brother, Mark. But when Mark came out to their parents one Christmas vacation, it was his turn to be the black sheep.

Even more surreal was Peter’s brief encounter with his brother’s boyfriend, Colin. The unmistakable sparks between them shook the foundations of his confirmed heterosexuality. Years later, when they meet again as graduate student and professor, that bone-deep attraction is still there.

Thanks to the emotional scars Mark left behind, Colin has had his fill of Stevens men. Having Peter at his university shouldn’t be a problem though, as he knows the younger man is straight. But when Colin realizes the electricity sizzles both ways, he can’t resist indulging in a passionate affair.

Yet some old flames stubbornly refuse to die. This time, Peter refuses to step aside—and when an emergency brings the family together again, Colin must decide if it’s worth the risk to trust another Stevens brother with his heart.

So what did I think?

This is an interesting story that explores a sibling relationship in the context of two men and their relationship with the same man. Colin and Mark have a relationship which ends, however Mark’s younger brother, the ‘straight’ Peter, continues corresponding with Colin over a number of years. Eventually Colin offers Peter a place to stay when he moves to Boston.

Mark and Peter are very different and have grown up in a family where initially, Mark was the prefect ‘good’ son (I struggled with this as I never really warmed to Mark. Eventually Mark’s sexuality had made him an outcast with his mother. Mark is moody and sullen, the opposite of the outgoing and honest Peter.

Peter starts to realise he has an attraction to Colin and doesn’t hesitate to act on this. He is honest and funny and the perfect partner for the older, more serious Colin. Peter’s sexual exploration is very natural.

When Mark and Peter’s mother becomes ill and they need to return home, Mark decides it’s time to make a play to win Colin back. It takes separation and a lot of introspection, for all men to come to terms with what they really want.

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To find out more about Summer Devon and her books visit her website.

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