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★★★½ Orgasmic Texas Dawn by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J Manly ★★★½

 

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Orgasmic Texas Dawn

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A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

The blurb

 

Canadian cop Kieran Fox has fallen from grace after a disastrous romance with the wrong guy — the head of a drug cartel. When Sheriff Dillon DePriest moseys on up north — begging Kieran to come to his town of Lone Trail, Texas to help him deal with a gang of murderous drug dealers — he says yes, if only to get away from the scene of his own crime. Kieran soon learns that the tough little Texas town is knee-deep in an escalating mystery.

There’s a cross-dressing Cher impersonator, a killer missing some gold teeth and his…er…dangly bits. Then there’s Kieran’s growing attraction for Lone Pine’s sexy U.S. Marshal, Jubilee Mason, that he neither wants nor needs…

Our thoughts

 

I liked this but I didn’t love it as it feel like a cross between plot driven and character driven. Yes there was some instant attraction for both men but the ‘I love you’ came far too soon for me. Some parts felt a little confusing and there were times that I couldn’t make out who’s POV it supposed to be.

They’re are the only negatives I have. I enjoyed the plot with the murders and drug running and all the little ‘small Texas town’ idiosyncrasies.  Jubilee is firmly in the closet and Keiren is determined not to mix business with pleasure again – but of course they end up in bed anyway.

“I don’t think I could crawl into bed one more time without you in it. I want you so much, I ache all over. I can’t sleep for thinking you’ll grow tired of waiting for my sorry ass. I almost died thinking something would happen to you. How the hell have you been able to weave such a spell over me in this short a time”

I liked the relationship between Jubilee and the town’s Sheriff Dillon, they didn’t work that well together and kept important case information to themselves, even though they were working on the same case. But outside of work they got on well and were even fishing buddies.

I liked Keiren, trying to keep the local ladies away without being too much of an ass, especially when Jubilee’s sister invites him over for a dinner date – with Jubilee there too. Was not a comfortable situation.

 There are currently 13 books to this series but I don’t think that they’re all about Jubilee and Kieren – although I think most of them are.  Will I continue with the series?  I’ll definately read book #2 as I’d like to see where these two hunky men go.

Robyn x

Reviewed by RJ

 

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

 

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Artificial Moonlight

by

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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★★★★½ Blood Pond by D.J. Manly ★★★★½

 

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Blond Pond

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D.J. Manly

Publisher: Amber Allure

 

The blurb

Ten years ago, August Greystone’s adolescent brother was brutally murdered and dumped in Blood Pond. And the one person he is sure can identify the killer is on the run…

Bruce Monkton can’t escape the horror of what he experienced the night his friend, Tommy Greystone, was slaughtered in front of his eyes. Although Bruce somehow survived the vicious attack, he is still fleeing from shadows, from the haunting memories and his own demons, so the last thing he wants is to come face-to-face with his greatest nightmare—the older brother of his dead boyhood crush, the man desperately seeking closure to his brother’s murder.

August has given up everything, including his career as a law enforcement officer, to locate Bruce because he’s sure the young man is the key to helping him find what he seeks. But can Bruce really aid August when it comes to locating the elusive killer, or will the answers to the mystery be buried forever at the bottom of Blood Pond?

 

Our thoughts

OMG this was a good story. Hats off to D.L. Manly!  Blood Pond was a wonderful little murder mystery with a nice amount of smexy!

August is a former police detective trying to find out who killed his younger brother, Bruce is a man trying to forget and escape his past.  August knows that Bruce his the key to finding his brother’s killer but that requires Bruce to face the past he has been trying to escape.  The unsolved murder of a loved one is bad enough but the one person you need to help you solve it comes across and mentally and criminally insane and holy smokes…you think you love him!  The twist and turns in this story keep you guessing until the very end.

It’s not a very long story, page wise, but there is a lot of story packed into each page.  I don’t think anything was left out of this story…there were some parts that I didn’t feel were relevant at the time but did round the story out nicely.  The story is told from both MC’s POV; which didn’t get confusing.  And yes the end had you going what the heck…bottom line if you are looking for crazy check your family tree first :-).  This story gave me goose bumps!

Bookjunkie xx

Reviewed by Bookjunkie

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The Beat by D.J. Manly

The BeatThe Beat by D.J. Manly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

 

 

The blurb…..

The beat of love doesn’t always move every drummer in the same way…

The members of Frenzied Water, an up-and-coming rock band, can’t believe their luck when Frank Harold, former drummer for Heirloom, the most famous group on the planet, enters the studio and offers to be their new percussionist. And Johnny, Frenzied Water’s front man, never expects that his feelings for Frank will grow to the point where he needs to know the reason Frank left Heirloom for a less popular group.

One night, after a few drinks with Johnny, Frank finally confesses the reason he left Heirloom–a love affair-gone-wrong with his former vocalist. With the truth out, Johnny believes he has a chance with the sexy drummer if only he can convince Frank to leave the past behind and give their blossoming love a try.

Then a miracle happens, one that Johnny suspects may be more calculated than it appears. His band is invited to be the opening act on Heirloom’s American tour. It’s a dream for a rock group struggling for recognition, but a personal nightmare for Johnny, who wishes Frank as far away from his former lead singer as possible.

But Johnny is not the only one dreading this tour, and when a snowstorm in Denver traps Johnny, Frank, and two members of Heirloom together in a cabin, there will be no escape…

So what did I think?

This is another one of those books for which I have mixed feelings.

I love a good story about rock stars, there’s just something so yummy about those singers, drummers, keyboardists and guitarists! This book didn’t let me down in terms of the characters. The leads and secondary characters were great.

The story started really well. It was a nice play on the theme of letting a broken heart stand in the way of finding true happiness with some hot sex thrown in!

There was one particular incident where the four men had sex together (this is not a spoiler as the blurb/classification states menage and m/m/m) that detracted from the story for me. I lost a little respect for Johnny and Frank both as the romantic in me wanted them (and only them) to be together.

The story would have benefited from being a full length novel. This for two reasons. The first reason would be to allow for greater plot development as part of the story, particularly the end confrontation with Johnny and Frank, felt to rushed. The second reason was the price of the book. I might just be stingy but I read this book in about 30 minutes. Ok, so AU$3.20 might only be the cost of cup of coffee, but Amazon didn’t list page numbers so I had no idea it was only a short story. I wanted more!

3 Stars

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