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INTERVIEW: When Will I Be Loved by Julie Lynn Hayes

Today we are joined by Julie Lynn Hayes who kindly answers some of our questions. There’s also a giveaway!

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Blurb

Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.

Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…

Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!

Interview

Thanks for joining us today, Julie, and congratulations on your new release. The story sounds fabulous – who can resist a blurb featuring a sexy influential vampire!

Firstly let’s talk about Miller. Can you give us a bit more information about Miller and his desire to find his Prince Charming?

Julie:  Thanks so much for having me here today, Nic! Well, Miller is about 33, and he works as a receptionist at the Crescent Bay Chronicle, the town’s only newspaper. His best friend Alexx used to work there too, until he met Raoul Marchand and ended up with a hunky werewolf on his hands. Miller spends a lot of time with the couple, and he desires that sort of love too. Sure, he’s had dates, kissed all kinds of frogs, but never found his prince. He is questioning that this kind of love will ever happen to him when he meets a mysterious sexy blond at Charisma, Raoul and Alexx’s nightclub, and that’s when it begins…

Can you share with us, some information about Helios and what it means for Holt to head up the organization?

Julie: Helios is the largest vampire group in the country. Holt has been the head of the company ever since his mentor, Marcus Leandro, was killed. Holt cares for everyone who works for him, whether vampire or human, and he’s dedicated to making life better for his vampires. To that end, he has a scientist who is doing research on certain things that will make a big difference to the vampires. However, Holt cannot abide werewolves, and he is not shy about making that known, or throwing the weight of his group against them. Considering who Miller’s best friends are, things could get tricky.

Where do you find your inspiration and how much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing? It there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?

Julie: I find my inspiration in all sorts of ways, to be honest. It could be an overheard phrase, a picture, something I see on the street. One time, we were heading to the theater to see Shutter Island, and I was thinking that Leonardo DiCaprio never ages, like he’s a vampire, and suddenly, I have the beginning of Leonardo DiCaprio is a vampire.

In the case of When Will I Be Loved, part of my worldbuilding was already done, since this is the second book, and we saw Crescent Bay in the first one. However, I did have to create Holt and Helios, and his people, and since Miller was a secondary character, I had to flesh him out.

Sometimes I need to do a lot of worldbuilding in advance, like for the fantasy story I’m writing with Chris T. Kat – we set up a world, and characters, and basic plottage for three books. Other times, I have a character, and I just start to write and see where the journey takes me!

The blurb sounds intriguing. Can you share any secrets of how Miller and Holt end up married? Or do we need to wait and read the book? 🙂

Julie: Sorry, you’ll have to read the book to find out any of that 🙂

I love to know what authors are reading. What are you currently reading or have you just finished a book you can recommend?

Julie: I just finished reading Murder on the Orient Express today. I recommend all Agatha Christie’s books. I recently read Fool Moon, the second book in the Dresden Files series, and I recommend that. Next, I’m going to read Cronin’s Key II, by NR Walker. Loved the first book.

When you’re not working, writing, or on the promo trail, what occupies your time?

Julie: Wow, that’s a lot of my time, but I also edit. I like to watch favorite TV shows and movies, and I enjoy cross stitching.

What can your readers expect from you next?

Julie: As I said before, I’m working on a fantasy series with Chris T. Kat, the first book is The Prince and the Mercenary. I’m working on my first PI novel, also part of a series, Personal Business. And the third book in the Moonlit Skies series, Be My Everything. Besides that, I have an ongoing flash at my blog called Don’t Look Back, which is rather taboo.

Thanks for having me here today, Nic. Have a great day!

Excerpt

Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.

Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?

But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.

He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.

And there he was.

Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.

This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.

But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.

The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.

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About the author

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.

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REVIEW: Chase and Capture by Hurri Cosmo

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Blurb

It was only a game, right? An adult twist on “Capture the Flag”. Very adult, actually. Especially the “flag” and where it went. In fact, the only similarity between the kid version and the adult version was you still needed to capture your opponent’s flag to win. So how the hell had Camden ended up here? Oh yeah, that’s right, Tanner, Camden’s good buddy from college. He was not going to let Camden waste another birthday. In fact, he was hell bent on getting Camden laid. So much so, the idiot set up this entire weekend gig. And that’s where Camden found himself now; on a remote island, crashing through the woods, playing a chase and capture game, trying like hell to stay ahead of his pursuer. But why was he the one being chased? Why was Camden the prey and that big, sexy, dark haired, muscle bound, relentless god of a man, Gunner, the hunter? It should be the other way around because it was Camden’s birthday, damn it! Well, thankfully there were going to be three rounds played because it looked like Camden was going down before even reaching the first check point. Yep. Going down on all fours, flag confiscated and…well, let’s just say he would be screwed.

So… what was the down side of losing again?

What did I think?

This is a sizzling action romantic erotica. I thought the writer was very creative with this adult version of the MM “Capture the Flag” game. I can imagine it would make a lot of readers swoon because of what it represents… a totally hedonistic, free adult fun time. I really liked Camden’s character as a wounded hero and Gunner was nothing less than an alpha male in the story. In the story these two males were perfect for each other. I loved how Gunner was chasing Camden in the woods. Those parts were so easy for me to visualize in my head and I loved it. The sensuous moments between them was nothing less than hot.

I guess the suspense and thriller in the story started well and intriguing, but near the end, it became a little over the top for me and I found myself losing my interest. I also felt that Stephen’s interpersonal skills were a little over the top so whenever he was on the scene, I found myself getting too irritated with him, which was distracting for me…. So the plot was a bit too layered and complex, but the “capture the Flag” game part was fascinating because those scenes were well described and explained. There were some hint of BDSM scenes, but that was all.

Despite the over the top plot, I liked reading this story because in its own way, it still flowed with its HEA ending. But who cares after all, this story gave me a good time to escape from the daily stresses so it was a pleasant story of escapism. 3 stars

Reviewed by Lily

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REVIEW: Come By Chance by A. J. Llewllyn

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The blurb

When photographer’s assistant Gary Holland meets three Australian underpants models—all called Bruce—on what should be a routine shoot in LA, it turns out to be anything but. He falls for the geekiest, yet sexiest, Bruce of them all, but soon learns Bruce has not only never been with another man but is an anxious virgin.

Bruce lives in the whimsically named town of Come By Chance in northern New South Wales, population 178. After a torrid fling starts in California, Bruce wants Gary to visit him in the land down under. Shocks, laughter, love, a shy kangaroo named Phillip, a goose called Zeus and a tractor that thinks it’s a horse, soon welcome Gary to a life he never thought he’d want to live. Can two men who are such opposites make a life together? Does love like this really…come by chance?

What did I think?

This was a fun little story. I was interested to read it because of the Australian characters and the Australian setting for part of the book. The characters were likable, and the pace fast, making this an easy book to read in one sitting.

The first part of the story takes place in the US where Bruce (one of three Bruce’s) takes part in an underwear modelling shoot. He and Gary fall for each other and Gary ends up following Bruce back home to Australia.

Part of the story reads like a travel article, particularly the descriptions of the attractions of Sydney. As a Sydney-sider, I can attest that they are mostly spot on. Bruce happens to be an architect so there’s a lot of information given about the early convict architecture of the city.

Bruce seemed quite versatile and a touch unrealistic – underwear model, architect, building owner, resident of a small outback town (population 187).

On their travels, Bruce and Gary explore their sexual relationship and meet some interesting characters (I’m not completely sure about the relevance of the whole part about dinner with the kid wanting to be on Toddlers and Tiaras), and end up at Bruce’s home in the country town of Come By Chance (I had to look it up but it does exist!). There we meet the elderly aunt, the pet kangaroo and the boys have fun on a tractor.

So all in all, a bit of light-hearted fun, that provides a bit of Australian flavour.

About the author

A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the last ruling monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani as well as a non-erotic novel about the overthrow of her kingdom written in diary form from her maid’s point of view.A.J. never lacks inspiritation for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasion this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

To find out more about A.j. Llewellyn and her books visit her website.

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INTERVIEW: Hurri Cosmo

Hurri Cosmo joins us today and answers some interesting questions. Welcome, Hurri, and congratulations on the release of your new book, Chase and Capture.

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Interview with Hurri Cosmo

How do you handle writer’s block?  Not well. I am so easily distracted and in a house full of people and animals it makes it that much more difficult. But it happens. Too often lately. Sometimes I go for a walk or a drive to try to put the next scenes together in my head or to solve a plot problem I’ve run into. However, most of the time I just muscle through. There is no easy “answer” for me.

What’s the best thing about being a writer? The stories. I love creating the stories. I love it when inspiration hits and I write out a synopsis or when I go to choose the next story I am going to write. I just love the whole process of writing. I love AND hate a book coming out. Fear of whether or not it will sell or if it does if the people who read it will like it. So I love the creation part of things BEFORE it gets to that point.

What’s your advice to aspiring writers? Just do it. Write. Create. If you truly want to get published, get a story done and submit it all over the place. In this genre it is a lot easier than you think to get published. Just keep writing. I had the blessing of running across an Acquisitions Editor who decided to take a chance on me. She walked through my manuscript, edited the first three chapters, sent it back with a note saying to learn what I could from her edits and if I did, she would publish my book. Well, needless to say I took her advice. I am very grateful to her. Another piece of advice is to write with the knowledge that not everyone is going to like your work, because they won’t. Just keep pushing forward. Rejection is hard, bad ratings and reviews are hard, slow to no sales are hard, but always remember that should not be the main reason you want to write. Marketing is important but write for yourself first. I love the quote from Cyril Connelly; “It is better to write for self and have no public than it is to write for public and have no self.” Some people will vehemently disagree with that. They will say marketing it THE most important thing about writing. They will tell you there are tons of people involved in putting your book out there and you owe it them to make sure your book is successful. I agree. It IS important to consider those wonderful people. But MY advice is to be yourself. If that is you, great. Focus on marketing. It is not me. I most recently employed a marketing firm to market a couple of my books. If you can afford it, it is always best to leave such things to the experts. You write. You create.

What are you currently working on? Oh, so much! I have this file in my computer where I put all of the stories that I want to write. I have absolutely no memory so when inspiration hits I have to write it all down. Sometimes it’s just a few sentences with the barest of ideas. Sometimes it’s a full blown fourteen page synopsis. I stick them all into a file and they sit there, I suppose, incubating. Two stories that are started and on my website as being works in progress are Ghost Wolf Chronicles and The Boy Next Door. I may need to change the name of the second one but we will see. Ghost Wolf so far is about a man who is a wolf shifter but can become invisible as well. He is out to solve a case of someone killing wolves. I plan on this one being a series. The Boy Next Door will be another paranormal with a man who has left a loveless, violent relationship to move in with his grandmother, basically hiding from the world. He meets the man next door and discovers the arsenal the man possesses and is a little put off but with the help of his grandmother he comes to realize he likes the neighbor. A lot. But the grandson has a secret that could tear their fragile love apart. And of course the “ex” shows up to make things even more difficult.

But before either one of those I am working on a Police paranormal story that I am writing with a number of other Amber Allure authors which will go into an anthology. It will be available by itself or together in a set. I don’t have a title yet but it is about an older detective named Hudson on the trail of a vampire who has slipped into our world through a rip between realms. Hudson meets up with another detective from that same realm also hunting down this killer. They become a team…and then a whole lot more.

And there is a ton more. The sequel to The Astral Mage called The Sori Meni, the sequel to Until You called Until You, Too. I have another cowboy story and another paranormal tentatively called Black Dog Rising. Stayed tuned and keep checking out my website. If you like my work there is plenty coming. I will get more up on the Works In Progress page soon.

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Blurb

It was only a game, right? An adult twist on “Capture the Flag”. Very adult, actually. Especially the “flag” and where it went. In fact, the only similarity between the kid version and the adult version was you still needed to capture your opponent’s flag to win. So how the hell had Camden ended up here? Oh yeah, that’s right, Tanner, Camden’s good buddy from college. He was not going to let Camden waste another birthday. In fact, he was hell-bent on getting Camden laid. So much so, the idiot set up this entire weekend gig. And that’s where Camden found himself now; on a remote island, crashing through the woods, playing a chase and capture game, trying like hell to stay ahead of his pursuer.

But why was he the one being chased? Why was Camden the prey and that big, sexy, dark haired, muscle bound, relentless god of a man, Gunner, the hunter? It should be the other way around because it was Camden’s birthday, damn it! Well, thankfully there were going to be three rounds played because it looked like Camden was going down before even reaching the first check point. Yep. Going down on all fours, flag confiscated and…well, let’s just say he would be screwed.

So… what was the down side of losing again?

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About the Author

Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

Links to my sites:

Website: http://hurricosmo.webs.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialHurriCosmo

Blog: http://hurricosmo.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/?lang=en

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★★★★ Between the Shadow and the Soul by Jamie Craig ★★★★

 

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Jamie Craig

Publisher – Amber Allure

The blurb

 

Ryan Jackson doesn’t expect too much from his weekend at the Shadows and Souls fan convention in Tahoe—he wants to meet his online friends, engage in a few heated debates about the plot for the upcoming season, and maybe shake the hand of the TV show’s star, Johnny Marlowe. But his weekend goes off course almost immediately after his arrival. First, the hotel loses his booking. Then Johnny Marlowe talks to him like they’re actual friends. And while his head is still spinning, a ghost attacks him in the elevator.
Despite fighting ghosts every week on television, Johnny Marlowe does not believe in the spirit world. He does, however, believe he should get to know Ryan better. Fan or not, the man is not only gorgeous, he’s down-to-earth, fun, and makes Johnny forget about the fake life he’s forced to lead and the ex-boyfriend who refused to participate in the charade. Unfortunately, every time Johnny tries to get close to the handsome ginger, something explodes or the earth shakes or lights blink out—and none of that is as sexy as it sounds.
Johnny doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he knows he has to get to the bottom of this haunting if he ever wants to get close to his biggest fan.

Our thoughts

 

Ryan is a big fan of the TV show Shadows and Souls and has been looking forward to ShadowCon for months. He’ll get to meet all the friends he’s made with the fans online and hopefully get to at least shake hands with the beautiful star of the show, Johnny Marlowe. When he arrives at the convention, he finds that the hotel has lost his reservation and of course they’re booked up for the weekend. But things immediately take a turn for the better when Johnny overhears Ryan’s predicament and offers him his extra room.

Johnny was looking forward to this weekend too. His show had been picked up for a second season and he was excited to meet the fans.  Not only that, he also had planned to spend time with his boyfriend at the beautiful hotel on Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately, Johnny no longer has a boyfriend which is why he has the extra room. His now ex was no longer willing to stay in the closet with Johnny.  What better way to distract himself from being lonely than by sharing a room next door to a big, handsome ginger. And even if Ryan isn’t gay at least he’s great eye candy.

But when these two start to explore their attraction things start to get really weird. Seems the hotel is haunted and the ghosts don’t like it when Ryan and Johnny start to get hot and heavy. Johnny may hunt ghosts on TV he has no idea how to deal with them in real life but he has to do something if he wants to get to know Ryan.

I really liked this story. It was fun and funny and Ryan is completely adorable. It’s short, so there’s not a lot of relationship development or background but it’s a sweet and hot beginning. They may only be together for a weekend but I really did feel the connection between them. The mystery with the ghosts was a bit predictable but I didn’t mind. I enjoyed the ride.

**Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Otila x

Reviewed by Otila

 

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★★★★ Never The Perfect Moment by K-Lee Klein ★★★★

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K-Lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Allure

 

The blurb

Bryan Monroe has always catalogued his life in terms of moments—right moments, wrong moments, perfect moments. But when his best friend and partner on the police force, Chrys Delos, is shot in a raid gone bad, it’s one of the worst moments of Bryan’s life.

Bryan’s been secretly in love with Chrys for years, and the shooting is a wake-up call that it might be time to tell Chrys the truth. The problem is, Bryan’s never been with a man before, so in addition to worrying about Chrys’ injuries, he’s an indecisive wreck over the future.

But with the help of two unlikely matchmakers, Bryan knows it’s time to find the courage, and the perfect moment, to tell Chrys exactly how he feels…

Our thoughts

4 stars

This is a great little short to get you out of a book slump.  Two cops. Best friends. One gay.  One straight.  As a ‘gay for you’ read it felt quite real.  We start the book where Bryan admits he has feelings for his best friend and cop partner Chrys, so we don’t go through the whole ‘coming to terms’ with it drama.  I loved the angle of this story – when is the perfect moment for Bryan to tell Chrys he loves him?  He desperately needs to tell Chrys how he feels but it’s never the right time.  When Chrys is shot in the shoulder and is recuperating at home, Bryan doesn’t tell him.  He kisses him instead.  Perfect moment.

“I’d have a lot of regrets.  Just because I haven’t been with a man before doesn’t mean I can’t be.  Do you want to know what I was thinking about earlier, you know, when you kissed me?”

“Hopefully kissing me again?”

Bryan moaned as he remembered.  “Throwing you against the wall.  Kissing you until you couldn’t breathe.”

 

Grab a cuppa and enjoy a lovely, full of emotion short read.

Robyn x 

Reviewed by RJ

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★★★★ Blue Collar by Sean Michael ★★★★

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Sean Michael

Publisher: Amber Quill Presss

 

The blurb

Kendall Webber is deep in the closet. Between working as a mechanic in a garage, having served in the army during the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and being raised by a fundamentalist-preacher stepfather who sent him to summer camps to make him straight, he’s learned to hide his sexuality from absolutely everyone.

Still, when a tall, dark, and handsome stud named Barton Willis III roars into the garage in his vintage Mustang, Kendall can’t help but look admiringly and longingly at the man, just a little. And when the flirtatious Barton not only looks back but eagerly invites him to explore his hidden desires, Kendall’s whole world is turned upside-down.

Now, the question remains…can Barton help Kendall let go of the past and the attitudes he’s had, literally, beaten into him?

Our thoughts

 

Blue Collar is quite typical of Sean Michael’s usual style, i.e. – hot, hot and hotter. Kendall comes from a very conservative uptight family that, as Kendall says, think they can pray the gay away. This has really messed him up which is how he finds himself unkissed, untouched and a virgin when Barton comes walking into the auto shop where Kendall works. Barton is Kendall’s opposite in just about every way but one, they’re both gay. Barton is well off and very sure of himself. He’s also sure of the potential for a lot of heat between him and Kendall as well as a little submission.

Blue Collar has lots of nice innuendo peppered throughout the story. The story advances quickly at the start, slows a bit towards the middle but picks back up and ends on a high note. Kendall and Barton are so hot together and could use a sequel.

Jessica x 

Reviewed by Jessica

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★★★ Artificial Moonlight by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly ★★★

 

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A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

Publisher: Amber Allure

 The blurb

 

Diego Champagne, Sergeant in Arms for the Louisiana Banni motorcycle gang, has grown up tough—half French, half Creole, and all male. Diego loves men, but keeps his sex life on the down-low…until he meets Colby Young, that is.

Colby carries his own baggage. He has his own reasons for not believing in love—reasons he doesn’t share—and he sure as the devil doesn’t like it when he’s forced to accept help from anyone.

When Diego intervenes in a bar brawl during a motorbike rally and saves Colby and his best friend, Spider McGraw, leader of the rival gang Death Proof, it begins to look as if Colby and Diego are going to be joined at the hip. Somebody puts a hit out on Colby, and Spider’s up to his neck in mayhem. When the Banni offer their protection to advance their own game, Colby begins to wonder: is love like artificial moonlight, seductive yet false? Or is it powerful and true, something for which he might risk everything…maybe even his life?

 

Our thoughts

 

Artificial Moonlight was my first foray into biker gang romances but having heard a lot about one of the authors, DJ Manly, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. A.M. tells the story of Diego and Colby who are part of different biker gangs, both in Austin for a rally.

While both characters are interesting, the story can get a bit muddled and feel broken due to the fact that it is told in the first person from both Diego and Colby. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much about biker gangs but I did find it hard to believe that there would be so many gay men in a single gang.

All my disbelief aside, the story was compelling, the sex was hot, hot, hot and left the promise of more fun to come. Artificial Moonlight is a short story that’s worth the read.

 Jessica x

Reviewed by Jessica

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★★★ The Siberian by Carolina Valdez ★★★

 

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The Siberian

by

Carolina Valdez

Publisher: Amber Allure

 The blurb

 

Sergei Tavrovsky is considered a recluse by those who cross his path on campus at Amurskova University, located just outside the Russian Taiga Forest. It’s a perception that fits the university’s AV and computer tech guy just fine. It means he’s successfully crafted his life to protect the secrets of who he is and what he becomes when the moon is full.
When Grigorij Sokoloff, the friendly and sexy biology professor, storms Sergei’s quiet citadel to engage him fully in life, Sergei is forced to decide if loving this man is worth the risk that Grigorij might die.

This title is part of the Purrfect Tales AmberPax™ Collection.

 

Our thoughts

 

A solid shape-shifter story with a conservation message.  Grigorij Sokoloff is a biology professor at a university in Siberia.  His specialty is the Siberian tiger, and in his spare time he and a team study and identify the local tigers to help in preserving them.  Grigorij’s work with the tigers is a welcome distraction. He is attracted to Sergei Tavrovsky, the university’s computer tech and photographer, but Sergei is a loner and barely acknowledges Grigorij’s existence.

When Greigorij asks the reclusive Sergei to collaborate on photos of the tigesr, however, the attraction turns mutual. After a brief courtship, sparks fly and the two big Russians share a very passionate evening. Grigorij is in love, but Sergei suddenly calls a halt and disappears. As the story unfolds we discover that not only is Sergei a shifter, he is also one of the tigers that Grigorij and his team have been studying.

This was a good story with an interesting setting. However, I thought it was a bit short and some of the plot fell flat because of that.  There is a secondary story about Sergei’s family that isn’t very developed and there isn’t a lot of conflict beyond the question of what would happen when Grigoriji found out about Sergei’s double life.  What sets this story apart though is the natural history and cultural detail.  The author is very knowledgeable about the situation of the Siberian tiger and that detail adds a lot to the story. She also is very good when it comes to details of Russian life. The love story is also good and the two characters are very sexy together.

I recommend this one for the setting and the tigers.  A good story – I just wish there was a little more of it!

 Barbara x

Reviewed by Barbara

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Book Blast! Blue Collar by Sean Michael with fabulous Giveaway!

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Blue Collar

by Sean Michael

Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

The blurb…

Kendall Webber is deep in the closet. Between working in a garage, having been in the army and a fundamentalist preacher step-father who sent him to summer camps to make him straight, he’s learned to hide his sexuality from absolutely everyone.

Still, when Barton Willis the Third roars into the garage with his Mustang, Kendall can’t help but look, just a little. When Barton not only looks back but invites him in, Kendall’s whole world is turned upside down.

Can Barton help Kendall let go of the past and the attitudes he’s had, literally, beaten into him?

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Excerpt:

“Are you wanting factory original or an upgrade to a catback?”

One dark eyebrow rose. “Which’ll make it run better?”

“Well, it depends. The cats give a great sound, but the Borlas? They’re loud and I love the look from the rear. It’s a matter of money and taste and sound.” Kendall headed to the office, rambling on about all the different types and prices and options.

“I like a good-looking rear,” the guy told him when he’d done talking.

“Then you might consider the Borlas. It’s a little pricey, but fine. This is my boss, Pete. He’ll hook you up.”

“Oh, I’d rather you hook me up.”

Was that as suggestive as it sounded?

“I… Okay. Okay, I can help.” He’d done a few custom orders, but Pete would have to approve everything.

The man held out his hand. “Barton Willis, the Third.”

“Kendall. Pleased.” He held out his hand, then pulled it back. He was a grease monkey after all. “I’ve been working, man.”

“I imagine I can wash my hands.”

“Yeah, I tell myself that a lot, but the grime’s pretty deep.” He was not flirting. Not.

“Nothing wrong with a dirty boy.”

About the author

Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago”.

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

Author Links:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004713810507

https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Twitter: @seanmichael09

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