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Release Day! A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese

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Synopsis

After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.

Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely.

Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim.

These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.

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Chapter 1

Cameron Pierce didn’t really know what to expect when the entire nightmare began days before his eighteenth birthday, but here he was, standing behind a large metal door waiting for it to open and grant his freedom. Nine years, eight months, two weeks, and five days of hell. Even though he had to stay in a designated halfway house for the next few months, at least he wouldn’t have these bars or barbed wire fences to constantly remind him of his nightmare.

He fidgeted. In exchange for almost ten years of his life, the prison system gave him a hundred bucks for expenses during transfer, and a plain, standard-issue cardboard box containing his personal items—a watch, ten bucks, and a pack of gum. Everything broken or useless, which pretty much mirrored his existence. He ditched the box and everything else then pocketed the cash.

The gears of the large metal door ground as they inched open. Cameron shifted his weight from foot to foot, waiting for just enough space to squeeze through the door. He looked over to the guard and concluded he’d be better off attempting to walk out of this prison with a little dignity. At the pace these doors opened, he figured he’d age another decade in the process. He closed his eyes and counted, begging for a little patience to come his way. He finally heard the grinding stop and opened his eyes.

There, in the middle of the empty parking lot, Sam leaned against a car with crossed arms and a smile.

Cameron groaned as he finally exited the prison gates.

Mr. Samuel Issacs, rehabilitation officer, also secretly campaigned for sainthood every chance he had. His job was to help a group of assigned inmates rejoin the world with others but his mission was to mentor them. Sam wanted to talk, help, and offer support. Cam, on the other hand, knew better than to open his mouth, and he damn sure wasn’t going to risk Sam becoming some form of collateral damage.

Cam had learned that lesson the hard way.

“Hey, Sam,” he said once he arrived where Sam was parked.

“Hey, Cam. I thought I’d give you a ride to the halfway house instead of having you take the bus,” he said as he opened the passenger side door of the car.

Cameron waited, not sure if sitting in a car for hours with Saint Sam was a good idea.

“C’mon, Cam. I can guarantee you the drive with me will be better than a busload of people coming back from Universal Studios with stinky feet and a crapload of gas.”

Cameron groaned.

Sam laughed. “Besides, I already filled out the paperwork so you’re stuck with me. Get in.”

Cam didn’t say a word. He climbed into the car, sat in the passenger seat, and then closed the car door.

“Buckle up, it’s the law.”

“Are you kidding me?”

“Nope, state of Florida, it’s the law.”

“Since when?”

“Just strap in so we can get out of here.”

Cameron groaned again as he pulled the belt and clicked it in place. He hated the way it cut into his damn shoulder. Who knew what else had changed while he was in prison. Just another reminder of things he had missed. He shifted in his seat only to have his movement limited by the seat belt restraint.

Wonderful.

Here he was, finally out of prison, yet somehow still found a way to be constrained in a small enclosed area. Hell, this was even smaller than the six-by-eight cell he’d called home for almost a decade.

How ironic.

Our review of this book will be published on 7th May so check back soon!

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Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

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★★★★★ The Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton ★★★★★

The Ghost Slept OverThe Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner, he discovers something he wasn’t expecting…the ghost of his ex! And worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means, he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship or will he be seduced into the ever after?

So what did I think?

You know when you sometimes come across a book where you think something along the lines of “not really sure it’s my cup of tea but I’ll give it a go anyway?” Well this was one of those examples for me. Given the choice I usually go for lots of angst and drama and don’t mind shedding a tear or two over a story. Humour is therefore not usually at the top of my list. However I am so glad I read this book – it was fabulous!

Cal is an actor who suddenly inherits the estate of an ex-lover he hasn’t seen in years. The call from Mac’s attorney came out of the blue but is opportune for Cal who could do with a financial boost. Dewey is the country lawyer who is also involved with the Barnyard Players, a theatre group that was supported by his now dead client, Mac. When Cal arrives in town, so begins an amusing story as he begins to fall for Dewey while the ghost of Mac is determined to win Cal back.

I loved the characters and loved the whole premise of the book. It’s chock full of the most amusing lines as no-one can see Mac and they start to think Cal is not quite right.

Cal suddenly squeaked and said, “Goddammit.” For the first time, it crossed my mind that he might have a case of Tourette’s. It would explain a few things.

And the conversation between Cal and Mac is hilarious..

“I can probably go anywhere I want to. I think I’m haunting you, not the house.”
“New York? You can go to New York City?”
“If you go to New York, I can go to New York. Are you suggesting a romantic getaway?”
“Don’t be ridiculous. I’m hoping that when I got to New York you won’t be able to follow me.”

I am definitely going to check out more books from this author and I have definitely learned my lesson and think I might just check out some other humourous stories too!

To find out more about Marshall Thornton and his books visit his website.

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Fancy some Ice Hockey or Figure Skating?

I felt like a dose of sports and decided Ice Hockey would fit the bill nicely and luckily I had two great books to read. Both involved Ice Hockey, one with a dash of curling and the other with some figure skating. I’m not exactly sure what it is about Ice Hockey that I like so much – I’m Australian, don’t follow the sport and definitely don’t know anything about the game rules or competition. I think it’s the combination of strength, speed and control.

The books I selected were:

  • Burning Up the Ice (book #5 International Men Of Sports) by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes.
  • Picks & Pucks by Teegan Loy

Burning Up the Ice (International Men of Sports, #5)Burning Up the Ice by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Two men, two very different sports and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot.

Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get.

The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice.

Ethan is tied to his town, job and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?

So what did I think?

Olivier St Pierre (what a wonderful name!) is a professional Ice Hockey player who is visiting his home town to recuperate from injuries that required major surgery. He needs private practice time to build up his strength and gets this by using the ice at Ethan’s family’s rink which is run by Ethan and his sister.

This was a sweet story, nothing too angsty just nice characters falling in love with some hot sex!

There were also some cute, funny lines. Here’s what follows after Ethan gives his friend Barry some advice about impressing the girl he likes by surprising her with a coffee….

“Is that what gay guys do when they’re dating? Do you buy each other caramel lattes?” He smirked then opened his own locker.
Ethan rolled his eyes. “Yeah, but not until we’ve met the parents…or after the fourth blow job, whichever comes first.”

Picks & PucksPicks & Pucks by Teegan Loy

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Rising men’s figure skating star, Justin Corrin, is coming home to train for the upcoming season and face his demons. The last thing Justin needs is to fall in love with a hockey player. Instead of getting rid of his demons, Justin is collecting more. He tries desperately to control his growing feelings for CJ Daly, but finds being with CJ keeps his nightmares away.

Justin isn’t the only one with problems, and hidden fears and secrets threaten to separate the two. With the pressure mounting, CJ starts to pull away, and Justin doesn’t know why. His skating suffers, and he decides to stop wasting his time on love and focus on winning the nationals.

If Justin can destroy his demons, he might have a chance for happiness on and off the ice. But if the demons win, Justin’s life could be ruined.

So what did I think?

The combination of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating was always going to ensure I liked this book – pure escape into a world of which I know absolutely nothing but have a fierce attraction!

Justin is an up-and-coming figure skating champion but his choice of sport has driven a wedge between his family. His father is a hockey coach and Justin also had the skills to play professionally so his father was disappointed by his choice. The death of his mother, his key supporter, has also haunted him for the last three years. He has LOTS of demons!

A relationship with an closeted ice hockey player – who was happy for the sex but put Justin down in front of the rest of the team – has also soured his opinion of men who play ice hockey.

I actually started reading this book without reading the blurb so the way the story unfolded was a bit of a surprise. A large portion of the beginning of the book is focused on Justin’s relationship with Danny (the closeted player) and it is along while before CJ enters the picture and captures Justin’s interest. I didn’t see it coming and was expecting the relationship with Danny to evolve. Anyway, I liked that the author didn’t make Danny the bad guy, he sort of redeemed himself and I ended up liking him.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. There was enough drama but maybe too many demons. I found Justin’s demons a little odd and a bit annoying although it was quite a unique take, particularly when they start exploding – that probably makes no sense but will once you read the book!

To find out more about T.A. Chase and her books visit her website.

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

To find out more about Teegan Loy and her books visit her website.

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The Provincetown Series by Jacob Z. Flores

The Provincetown series:

  • When Love Takes Over (book #1) – click here for review
  • Chasing the Sun (book #2) – click here for review
  • When Love Gets Hairy (book #3) – in this review
  • When Love Comes To Town (book #4) – in this review

When Love Gets Hairy (Provincetown, #3)When Love Gets Hairy by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.

Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with. 

When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.

So what did I think?

It’s Bear Week in Provincetown.

“Why couldn’t everyone be like these guys and not be so damn body conscious? They loved and lusted after each other with hearts as big as their barrel chests.”

This is Nino’s story, as he meets Teddy, who’s in town for the week. It’s a story about preconceived ideas and making judgments based on outwards appearances. I this case, our two MCs, see something outwardly in the other that immediately turns them away from each other despite a hook-up that neither remember.

Nino, who we met in When Love Takes Over as Van’s roommate, is a model and hate’s Bear Week. Teddy, doesn’t like shallow men like Nino, who only think about their looks. He likes men like himself. Or does he? There’s a reason Teddy shies away from men like Nino and it makes for a nice story as Teddy finally confronts his own demon (who we see lots more of in the next book).

I like the books in this series – cute and sweet.

When Love Comes To Town (Provincetown, #4)When Love Comes To Town by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right—now! 

The only men Eric Vasquez chases are criminals. As a deputy and single father, he has no need for a relationship after his last one ended disastrously. He lives for and through Maddie, his nine-year-old daughter. Everything else is a needless distraction, but distraction is what Eric gets when he comes to Provincetown to attend the wedding between his cousin Van and the man of his dreams. 

When Brody and Eric meet, what they want and what they find conflict. An ocean of expectations separates them. If they cannot move past their reservations to reach each other’s shores, they might miss the boat when love comes to town.

So what did I think?

Brody is looking for Mr. Right and his Mr. Right needs to meet certain requirements – most importantly to not have a child. So of course, Mr. Right arrives in town with a kid in tow.

Eric has not had an easy time of it over the last couple of years and is extremely protective of his daughter, Maddy. Maddy is sweet and wise and just a bit precocious.

Certain misunderstandings allow Eric and Brody to develop a friendship which pretty much leads to love, although it takes the two of them a while (okay, so it’s only a couple of days) so acknowledge their feelings. They are a great couple and together are sweet and very sexy.

I liked the way all the couples from the previous three books make an appearance and it’s a happy ending all round for everyone.

This is light, feel-good reading with a great setting, love, romance, nice characters and a touch of hot sex.

To find out more about Jacob Z. Flores and his books visit his website.

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✐✐ ✐Blog Hop: My Writing Process ✐✐✐

Nic Starr

Have you been following this hop from the beginning? If so, you’ve met some wonderful authors who have shared some secrets of their writing process with you. My lovely friend Renae Kaye has passed the baton and it’s my turn to answer a few questions as part of the blog hop – thanks Renae, because I so love to talk about myself – not! 🙂

1.  What am I working on?

My focus at the moment is putting my first story out there! I just want to get through the process in one piece without having a nervous breakdown. 🙂

There’s a bit of race to see which story will actually be my debut. It could be It’s Not Easy–to be published by Dreamspinner Press in July/August– or it may be Waiting, Hoping, Wishing which is being written for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read In…

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Dance by Teodora Kostova

A couple of weeks ago I posted an excerpt from Dance by Teodora Kostova. Click here to see the original post where you can also find details of the Playlist provide by the author and a link to a Giveaway.

I finally got around to reading the book today. I really enjoyed this story, so much so that I read it in a single sitting. What a lovely way to start my weekend – curled up in bed with a good book. I only meant to read a chapter or two while I had my coffee but…..

DanceDance by Teodora Kostova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jared Hartley is happy. He has a starring role in a popular West End musical, great friends, adoring fans and his own flat in Central London. A relationship is not something he has ever really wanted. Making big plans for the future is not in his nature – Jared is content with his single status and enjoying all the benefits of that lifestyle.
He doesn’t even realise something is missing in his life.
Until he meets Fenix.

Fenix Bergman has a dream – to perform on Broadway. When he gets offered the lead role in Poison – a new musical based in London, he accepts, immediately recognising the huge potential of the show. 

Fenix thinks he has his life completely figured out – he will move to London, help Poison become the new West End hit and bide his time until Broadway comes knocking on his door. He has never wished for anything else but proving to himself and the world that he is a performer worthy of the biggest theatre stage.
Until he meets Jared.

Jared and Fenix’s lives collide and they fill each other’s missing pieces. Neither of them expects to feel so much, so fast for the other.

Neither of them expects to need someone so badly when love hasn’t even been in their plans.

But when Fenix’s star becomes too bright for London, will the dream he’s chased all his life ruin the dream he’s holding in his hands?

Will he survive getting everything he’s ever wanted?

Will Jared?

So what did I think?

Set against the backdrop of the theatre, Dance brings together Fenix, a rising star who dreams of Broadway, and Jared, who is living his dream on the stage in London.

This is a story of a grand romance, the type of love that, when it hits, it hits hard and fast. It’s love at first sight and within days of meeting, Fenix and Jared are in love and inseparable.

“Come home with me,” he said quietly. Fenix hesitated. “Please. I…” he pulled back to look in his eyes. “I want to make love to you in a bed. Not that this wasn’t great, but fast and hard in a club’s toilet is not my idea of romance.”
“I wasn’t aware we were looking for romance,” Fenix replied, his voice teasing.
“Well, now that you are aware, will you come home with me?”

I loved the openness and honesty, the lack of trying to hide feelings, instead grabbing the opportunity for love with both hands and not wasting a minute of being happy – such a great motto for life! And when Jared and Fen are together, it is magic.

There is a lot of sex in the story. These are men with strong feelings who aren’t shy of being emotional but this doesn’t mean it is all gentle loving. Jared and Fen are passionate and their coupling is frequent – at times making love but at others it’s oh, so very hard and dirty!

It’s not all roses for Jared and Fenix and the book has its period of heartache as they make stupid decisions. Their world moves from perfect happiness to one filled with darkness and sorrow. I like how the author managed the choices made by these men and how the same idea of grabbing what life gives you with both hands brings them back together.

The story finishes with a lovely happy ending.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.

For more information about Teodora and her books visit her website.

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A bit of personal news….I’m excited!

Just thought I’d let you know that I am going to be a published author! I’m hugely excited (and petrified) and wanted to share the news!

Dreamspinner Press have accepted three of my novellas, the first of which will be released in July or August 2014.

I am also participating in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group‘s Don’t Read In The Closet Event – Love’s Landscapes.

I have an author website and would love it if you would follow me there. On that site you can find out more about my books including Waiting, Hoping, Wishing (Love’s Landscapes) and It’s Not Easy.

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Click here for Nic Starr’s author site.

I have also started blogging some of my personal journey and would love it if you would join me for the adventure! Check out my first post now!

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Rear Entrance Video series by Heidi Belleau

The Rear Entrance Video series:

  • Apple Polisher (book #1)
  • Wallflower (book #2)
  • Straight Shooter (book #3)

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Apple Polisher (Rear Entrance Video)Apple Polisher by Heidi Belleau

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

This straight-A student has a dirty little secret.

Christian Blake dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, but making the grade means maintaining a squeaky clean image: no drinking, no drugs, no swearing, no sex. And definitely no falling for his new roommate—tattooed bad-boy Max, who may or may not be a drug dealer.

Most of all, it means no working at a porn store. But Christian’s aunt has cancer, and her beloved Rear Entrance Video will go bankrupt if Christian doesn’t take over managerial duties. Soon enough, Christian finds himself juggling sticky twenty-five cent peepshow booths, a blackmailing employee, and a demanding professor who likes to make an example of him.

And then there’s Max, who doesn’t know anything about the store, but hates Christian’s preppy sweater vests and the closet Christian forces him into when they’re together. Max just wants Christian to be himself—even though Max is keeping secrets of his own. Christian struggles to find the impossible balance between his real life and the ideal one he thinks a teacher needs to live . . . all while trying to keep his aunt’s dream alive without losing his own.

So what did I think?

This was a definite case of the story growing on me. It took a little while to get into but once I was settled into Christian’s story, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

So uptight and eager to make life decisions that showed he was a good person, Christian lived in fear and ended up slow to make the decisions to stand up and support his sick aunt. And he nearly let Max escape, which wouldn’t have been a good thing! They were definitely hot together! (oh my, that scene on the shop floor!)

I think this book had one of the best coming out scenes I’ve read in a while, capturing Christian perfectly.

Here goes nothing.
“And as to what I’m ‘into’…I’m into you.”
Wow, hey. That had been pretty smooth. Could have even made it all the way to romantic, if he’d left it at that and just kissed the damn guy, but of course he didn’t.
“I mean, I’m into lots of guys. Well, not lots of guys, but a few. A normal amount.. Well, a normal amount for a…a guy like me. Well, a guy like me who doesn’t do the club thing. A guy like – I’m gay. Not just when I’m drunk. All the time. Gay. But I do-“
Max kissed him.

There’s a strong support cast in the story – Christian’s Aunt Beverly and her friend, the shop girls (bitches!), Christian and Max’s flatmates and some assorted random customers. Christian had his secrets, Max had secrets and there’s a perfect set up for the subsequent books which I am looking forward to reading.

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Wallflower (Rear Entrance Video)Wallflower by Heidi Belleau

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

This gamer geek has a lacy little secret.

Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he’s recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never be truly happy until he becomes the person he is online: his female persona, Bobby.

Bobby is cuter and funnier than Rob is, and a thousand times more popular with boys. Becoming Bobby IRL presents its own set of challenges, though . . . especially when you’re sitting on the fence between two genders, only one of which has caught the attention of your seriously cute customer/classmate.

Dylan Ford is a six-foot Inuit comic book artist who always says what’s on his mind, and screw anyone who doesn’t like it. As rough as he appears, though, Dylan has a soft spot for Rob. But will out-and-proud Dylan still want Rob if he’s not all man?

So what did I think?

I’m going to be honest (not that I’m not usually!)…..I wouldn’t have chosen to read this book based on the blurb alone. I’m not overly attracted to stories of geeky gamers and Rob’s ‘lacy little secret’ made me nervous. This book ended up on my Kindle purely because I had read book one in the series, Apple Polisher, and have an almost obsessive compulsion to complete reading any series I start. In this case, I am really thankful for this because I enjoyed the book.

Heidi Belleau provided a fascinating insight into a character with major internal conflict exacerbated by a low sense of self-worth.

“Whatever little fantasies Rob had about alternate realities, in this world, men were men and women were women, whether you were born that way or you had a sex-change or whatever, that part didn’t matter. What mattered was that you couldn’t be both.”

“And besides, Rob wasn’t a girl. Wasn’t born one, not physically and not even on the inside. He just liked….playing one. Dressing up as one.”

The strength of the story lay in how Rob dealt with this own feelings, how he grew as a person, from the shy and introverted young man with low esteem, to the much stronger man, able to acknowledge his true self. The support and understanding provided by his boyfriend Dylan was wonderful and I enjoyed this character’s own conflict with the situation. How does a gay man who is attracted to men start a relationship with a gay man who likes to dress as a woman?

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Straight Shooter (Rear Entrance Video, #3)Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

This macho jock has a crooked little secret.

College hockey player Austin Puett is in trouble. Unless he starts treating his flamboyantly gay roommate with respect, he’ll lose his room and his job at Rear Entrance Video. But Austin’s got a not-so-straight secret of his own: nothing turns him on more than insults implying he’s gay—even though he’s definitely not!—and all his old coping methods have stopped working.

Pure desperation drives him to rent a Mischievous Pictures porn flick about straight men tricked into servicing Puck, a male dominant. Instead of letting off steam, though, it just leaves him craving more, more, more, and suddenly, Austin finds himself at Mischievous Pictures Studios for an audition. After all, you can be Gay For Pay and still be straight . . . right?

But meeting Liam Williams, the real person behind Puck, confuses Austin even more. Liam really seems to like him as a person, and Austin likes him back. And while Gay For Pay’s okay, what does it make Austin if he still wants Liam when the cameras aren’t rolling?

So what did I think?

Well, that was unexpected. Although maybe I should have expected it given the previous two books and their unique characters and situations.

First off, I loved the cover. Hockey – yes! I’m an Australian and know next to nothing abuot the game but there is something so hot and sexy about those men on the ice! Porn star – who doesn’t like a story about a porn star?

From the title and blurb, I was expected a nice story about Austin struggling with his attraction to a man. But this isn’t the story I got. This is a story about Austin’s bone deep desire to be dominated by Liam/Puck, his total submission. He is all about the kink and Austin’s kink is humiliation.

“This time, when Austin moaned, there was nothing miserable about it. Fag. He loved and hated that word. Hated being insulted, hated being thought of as less of a man. Hated his uncontrollable reaction, that sharp feeling of arousal he felt every time he heard it used against him.
Loved that for the first time in his life, he didn’t have to hide how much it affected him. The way it made him hot and hard and needy, even as he despised himself. Despised being like this.”

This was a very satisfying end to the series.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for my honest review.

 

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★★★★ I Survived Seattle by J.K. Hogan ★★★★

Today’s review comes from guest reviewer Jonesy. Jonesy has given I Survived Seattle, the first book in the Coming About series, 4 fabulous stars.

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The Blurb…

As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.

Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?

So what did Jonesy think?

This is an insta-love story done quite well.  Sparks flew from the very beginning and it was nice to see Nic accept Justice’s neuroses.  Justice was a hot mess (although I couldn’t get my head around his name).  He suffers from anxiety and panic attacks with a helping of OCD.  Although he has his problems he doesn’t come across as weak and needy and I could totally relate to him and his disorders – I think we all have some form of anxiety and Justice was adorably neurotic.  Nic was a little more ‘regular guy’.  He had some hangups about being involved with someone still in the closet but despite this he still couldn’t get Justice out of his system and it was fun to watch them interact together.
I felt the love here between these two guys, even if it was a little quick, and the sex was pretty hot.  The drama between Justice and his mom felt a little rushed and when Nic goes missing the feelings fell a little flat.  There was a lovely HEA at the end but the lead up to it felt a little forced.  These are my only grumbles.
I enjoyed the side characters – even Rich.  He is a serious douchebag but I have a thing for ‘vanilla villains’.  I think all stories should have one.  This is book #1 of the ‘Coming About’ series and it would be interesting to see who stars in #2.  It would be nice to see if Rich can be redeemed.
I liked this a lot – but I didn’t love it.  I wanted to love it and I did in the beginning but the ending fell flat and it took away that spark for me.  I’m looking forward to more from this author.
4 stars from me!

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