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RELEASE DAY: Let Your Heart Decide by Lily G. Blunt

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Let Your Heart Decide

by

Lily G Blunt

Blurb

New house, new job. A new start with his brother….

Two out of three isn’t bad, right?

Rhys returns to his hometown and must face the brother he’s been avoiding for two years. In his heart, Rhys still hopes to recapture the bond they once shared.

Jake willingly offers him the hand of friendship, but Rhys is reluctant to confront their past, fearing it will only rip them apart again.

When Rhys sees ghostly figures in the grounds of a local historic house, it leads him to investigate their shocking past—and to face his heart’s true desire.

Please note this is a taboo romance featuring two brothers.
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Excerpt

(From Chapter One – Rhys meets his new neighbour)

The outline of a solitary figure appeared through the frosted glass of the front door. Male, I’d say, and short. Could be a kid.

I opened the stiff door with a deliberate jerk. “Yes?”

A man, probably in his mid-to-late thirties, stood before me. Short and slim, wearing long khaki shorts, sandals—no socks, thank God. His tanned hairy legs drew my attention for a few seconds too long. He held a plastic-wrapped plate in his hands with what seemed like cake on it. He looked pleasant enough, good-looking in an old-fashioned sort of way, and smiling a toothy grin not far from my face.

“Hello, I’m from next door.”

He inclined his head to the left. There was only one house next to mine, as my house was situated at the end of the cul-de-sac on a corner plot, so I gathered he was my neighbour.

“I’ve baked you a cake as a welcome gift.” He offered me the plate. “Hope you like lemon drizzle cake.” He smiled again and his eyes twinkled. Beads of perspiration dotted along his forehead. I took the plate from him before the moisture had a chance to run down his face and drip onto my cake. It was a warm and sunny June day, the first we’d seen in the UK for over a week. Typical! The day I moved house the temperature skyrocketed. Sweat dampened my pits and trickled down my back. I’d been shifting heavy boxes and stuff around for hours.

“Mmm… looks great. Thanks.” I breathed in and got a strong whiff of sweet citrus—from the cake rather than him, I hoped. “That’s very kind of you.”

“I’m Philip,” he said, edging closer. “And you’re very welcome.”

“Hi, I’m Rhys,” I said, standing firm. As nice as he appeared, I was reluctant to budge and let a stranger enter my personal domain.

“How are you settling in?” Philip peered around my shoulder and upper arm, a tricky task since I was a good six inches taller than him. “I would have offered to help you unload your car earlier, but I was mixing the cake at the time.”

I made the mistake of turning and glancing at my cluttered hallway.

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Excerpt from Chapter Four

THAT NIGHT my thoughts blurred into dreams as I drifted to sleep, filling my head with memories of when I was a boy. I pictured Jake running with me down grass-topped sand dunes, flying our kites on wispy tufted downs, and rambling over the ruins of some ramshackle old castle. My heart soared in my dreams. I recalled the many nights we told each other ghost stories under the tents we’d constructed from blankets in our bedroom, times we snuggled under our duvets and shone torches under our chins, making scary faces.

In that haze of half-sleep, not sure if I’d slept yet or not, I jerked awake. Yes, wide awake now, not an interrupted dream.

And there it was again.

A cry.

Outside.

And close by.

Not a baby nor a fox, but a man. I lay there, heart thumping, straining to hear in the darkness, trying to pick out the sound and its direction. But nothing came.

In the long quiet that followed, I remembered again how Jake used to hold me when I was scared, or when I came home from school crying because bullies had called me names or pushed me around. He’d stood up for me, protected me, and one day the bullying stopped. I always thought it was because of Jake’s intervention, although he never told me what he did to make it better. I never asked him. One day I would.

The quiet of the night buzzed in my ears.

Maybe the cry was a dream, after all.

What did I think?

I loved the way the story was a contemporary story but hinted at paranormal elements. The historical components were also fascinating, weaved through the story as Rhys finds about the area he has moved in to. So as you read the book you learn about Rhys and his relationship with his brother and about him forging new friendships as he moves back to town after a two year absence. Alongside this is the story of the family who used to live in the Hall, a grand house nearby.

As the author points out, this is a taboo story, so won’t be for everyone. I’m okay with reading stories between brothers, and this was no different. It was about a connection between the two men that went beyond the physical. I did find some aspects of the story a little to easily resolved (I won’t call it out here because of spoilers but I’ll note it on GR so if you want to find out click here), but overall I enjoyed Rhys and Jake’s journey.

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About the Author

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.

Lily is an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all. She was recently a steward for Pride in London. She lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney.

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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!


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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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As Spring Rain by Valentina Heart

As Spring RainAs Spring Rain by Valentina Heart

My rating: 2.5 to 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Michael only wants for his twin brother to be safe as he picks one bad boyfriend after another, never even lingering on the thought of loving Michael the way Michael loves him.

All Gabriel wants is Michael, each morning when he faces the day, and each night when he pulls a stranger’s face in for a kiss instead of the one he wants the most.

Fixing Gabriel’s boyfriend problems is a way of life for Michael, but what he doesn’t know happens behind closed doors, where Gabriel welcomes each kick or hit, and where he numbs his pain with the sharp edge of a razorblade.

Can they find a solution to their situation and make both of them happy?

So what did I think?

“Maybe I would dream again, that dream where he is not my brother but my lover and where it is perfectly normal to hug a man who looked just like me, but wasn’t me at all.”

This is one of those books where I have very mixed feelings.

Firstly let me start by saying it’s twincest. This is okay by me. I am perfectly fine with twincest although I understand lots wouldn’t be. So if the twincest doesn’t put you off, keep reading…

I bought this book months and months ago and it has sat unread on the Kindle since then. I finally started reading it this week without reading the blurb (although I assume I must have read it at some point). I think if I’d read the blurb I would have put off reading the book for a bit longer.
The reason for this is very personal. In recent months I have become aware of some people in my personal circle dealing with self-harm. So this one was a bit too close to home. I found it really uncomfortable to read about Gabriel’s cutting. Knowing it was only a short book, I persevered through these bits.

The characters were frustrating in their actions. Although twins they had very different characters and very different ways of dealing with their feelings toward each other. Michael protects Gabriel and Gabriel keeps putting himself in harm’s way with a series of abusive relationships.

I wanted them both to be happy and wanted them to get together but in the end, the way this happened was a bit out of my comfort zone – too much pain and sadness and blood.

Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind but I just felt depressed reading this. So a warning, be aware it contains self-harm in the way of cutting and maybe check out some other reviews to see if this is a story for you.

2.5 to 3 stars (this was difficult for me to rate and I find it hard to say I liked it)

To find out more about Valentina Heart and her books visit her website.

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Soulmate (Sin #1) by Kol Anderson

Soulmate (Sin, #1)Soulmate by Kol Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…(From Goodreads)

There’s a very fine line between love and sin.

The Mason family has a secret. Hunter and Kayden grew up trying to cover that secret and trying to find a way to deal with it, but all they’ve received in return is misery. When Hunter brings home a girl that looks like she’s going to be staying a while, Kayden begins to find that hard to deal with.

WARNINGS: ABUSE, NON-CON, DUB-CON, RAPE, INCEST

The Blurb….(from Amazon)

Kayden hasn’t had the most perfect childhood. Now that he’s a grown man he’s still trying to find himself. Add to that the fact that he’s having trouble adjusting to changes. When he finds Jacob, it seems like a match made in heaven, but life has other plans

So what did I think?

This is a fairly intense story of the relationship between Kayden and Hunter. The men are brothers who have survived a traumatic and abusive upbringing with Hunter taking care of and protecting his younger brother Kayden.

Kayden does have a relationship with Jacob but I found the relationship between Kayden and his brother and their history, to be more the focus of the book.

Jealousy over Hunter’s girlfriend moving in pushes Kayden to confront the feelings he has towards his brother. He battles his jealousy and the attraction he feels towards Hunter. The story is filled with sorrow and pain. The delicate emotional state and confusion of both men is clear.

The ending is not what I expected and I’m not sure if I even got a sense of a possible happy ending. Will they be happy? Who knows? But I definitely want to read the next installment in the story to find out what happens next.

I also noted the blurb is different on Amazon than it is on Goodreads. The Amazon blurb is really short and doesn’t really mention Hunter which seemed rather interesting. Not sure why the difference.

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To find out more about Kol Anderson and his books visit his website.

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Trapping Drake (#1) and Setting The Trap (#2) by Lee Brazil

 

First off, a warning. This is menage (m/m/m)  but it is also twincest. I don’t mind reading about this kind of brotherly love but I realise some people are opposed.

Reading Order

  • Trapping Drake (book 1)
  • Setting the Trap (book 2)

 

Trapping Drake (Trapping Drake, #1)Trapping Drake by Lee Brazil

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Drake Fallon’s impulsive decision to stop and help a stranger change a tire leads to intriguing possibilities. What he doesn’t know is that there are two J. Cahills. After miserable years looking for love in other places, Jesse and Jay Cahill have accepted that for them, illicit passion is the only one. They’ve built a life, a home together. A chance encounter on a rainy night brings something Jesse never expected- an attraction for another man. Still, he’s committed to the love he has for his twin, Jay, and he pushes Drake Fallon away. Drake is intrigued by the vulnerable man he met in the downpour. Though Jesse claims to be involved, Drake is certain the relationship can’t be fulfilling or Jesse wouldn’t have returned his kiss with such passion. Jay Cahill is devastated when his lover whispers another man’s name in his dreams. When Drake calls, how can Jay resist meeting the man who’s crept into his twin’s dreams?

So what did I think?

“I don’t think anything as beautiful as what you two just showed me can be evil or perverted. It’s not common, I grant you that. It’s not the easy route to choose in life. But it’s not my place to judge.” from Drake to Jay & Jesse

The story was ok but I didn’t find it really special as it  followed a slightly predictable formula. However, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a little bit of time. The story ends pretty abruptly and provides the first chapter of the next book “Setting the Trap” as a preview. I liked this short story enough to read the next one to find out the conclusion to Jesse, Jay and Drake’s story.

 
Setting the Trap (Trapping Drake, #2)Setting the Trap by Lee Brazil

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“I’m not the kind of guy who lets someone else control my life, Jesse.”

As much as Jay has come to care for Drake Fallon, he can’t let go of the bitter emotions aroused by seeing his twin with someone else. He knows his jealousy isn’t rational, but can’t dismiss it either.

Jesse isn’t in any hurry. He feels what they have is worth taking the time to figure out. Learning to be together, getting used to a relationship between the three of them can only lead to a stronger, more solid relationship.

Drake’s tired of feeling like an outsider, like an interloper though. He wants in. He wants to be trusted, to be loved for who he is, just as he loves the twins for who they are.

It all hinges on Jay’s ability accept someone else in Jesse’s heart, something he doesn’t seem to handle very well.

Until a work related injury leads Drake to issue an ultimatum that forces Jesse to choose a side. Then, it’s an all-out struggle for power that could make or break this fragile relationship.

So what did I think?

This sequel continues the story of Jay and Jesse, twins who start a relationship with Drake.

Jay, Jesse and Drake are working out the ground rules of their relationship but tip-toeing around each other, each afraid of either being hurt or protective of the other.

At times I found the characters actions a bit confusing and struggled to understand the true nature of their concerns about the relationship. Drake was worried that Jay and Jesse would eventually shut him out, Jay was extraordinarily jealous of Jesse and Drake, and Jesse was protective of Jay. I found it easier not to try to work it out too much!

The story isn’t bad but I felt the relationship seemed unbalanced so the ending felt unsatisfactory, not adequately resolving things.

3 Stars

To find out more about Lee Brazil’s books, visit the website.

Buy Trapping Drake at Amazon

Buy Setting The Trap at Amazon

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