Friday, May 31, 2013

review for But Not for Me by J.S. Cook

Title: But Not For Me (March 18 2013)
Author: J. S. Cook
Genre:  MM , historical (gangster, Prohibition era)
Length: Novel (310 pages)
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Heart: 4
Heat: moderate
Blurb:    Gangster Nino Moretti’s world is a series of contrasts between extreme wealth and abject poverty, an unstable existence punctuated by booze and bullets. For Nino, the gangster lifestyle is even more dangerous because he is a finnochio—a gay man—in a position of absolute power at the head of his own criminal organization.

When Nino rescues beautiful mob accountant Stanley Zadwadzki from a violent assault at the hands of sadistic rival gangster Big Frank O’Hara, both Nino and Stanley become hunted men. Stanley places himself under Nino’s protection as Nino’s accountant and unofficial companion. As a warning, Frank murders Nino’s office boy. In a quest for revenge, Nino tracks Frank to Little Italy, where the resulting confrontation forces him to shoot a bystander to protect Stanley. With a gang war looming, Nino must set aside his feelings and concentrate on asserting his superiority over Big Frank—or lose everything he holds most dear.
Reviewer: Cat
Review: Nino is a mobster. I guess you can say he is a good bad guy. He sees Stanley and is immediately smitten, but can also tell that he is being abused by the other mob leader Frank. When Frank humiliates and strikes Stanley in public Nino grabs him and takes him under his protection. Stanley is a bit confused and still a bit leery. He feels that Nino must want something from him for all the good things he is doing for him. Feelings grow in both men. Can Stanley love Nino? Does Nino love Stanley or just want him for a toy? Do gang wars break out over Nino stealing Frank’s boy-toy?
I liked this one a lot.  I bounced back and forth on and off the fence between liking and loving on this one. By the time it ended I decided I loved it. I found the story was very interesting, with lots of action.
I liked the way Nino treated Stanley so lovingly, with respect and you could see how bad he wanted him but  how important it was to him that Stanley came to him of his own desires not because  Nino was his boss or doing things for him.
 All the characters were very deep and interesting. There were times though I felt the story got a bit draggy, but then it would pick back up nicely.

Recommendation:  If you like gangster stories, Bad Guy  main characters, Prohibitions era stories, complicated relationships, losts of action and some sweet loving man-sex, give this one a try.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

review for What You See isnt Always What you Get

Title:  What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Release Date Feb 23rd  2013
Author:   Faith Ashlin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 299 pages
Publisher Silver Publishing
Warnings: there is violence and abuse but not overly graphic Also Bring along at least one box of tissues.
Meows: 5
Purrrs: Hot and steamy and I will go with Explicit here also
Blurb: Sex for money. That's the simple deal ex-freedom fighter Richard offers when he buys Denny's freedom. But as they get to know one another it becomes something more, until a ghost from Richard's past threatens to tear them apart.

When ex-freedom fighter Richard buys a slave's freedom, he has a deal to offer. Being more inexperienced than he appears, he needs someone to teach him a few things. Sex for money and help is what he's proposing. Denny can always say no.

Denny agrees, and as they settle into their new life, they learn things about themselves and each other, as well as the nature of freedom and love.

But when are things ever that easy? Their world is suddenly shattered by a ghost from Richard's past. That's when Denny takes control, shows what he's made of and fulfills a need Richard didn't even know he had. It turns out neither are what they appear to be.
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Review: Richard fought with his one true love Grady since he was sixteen. Richard lost his life fighting for freedom for all the other slaves.  Richard continues his fight and has decided to offer a runaway slave his freedom and a choice. He hope he will teach him the  ins and outs of sex so he can  join up with another person to  show his allegiance but since all he ever knew was Grady he wasn’t experienced and didn’t want to appear vulnerable and week.  But does Denny show him more than he bargained for?
OH WOW. This story was sad but sometimes in a good way also.  Just when you thought you knew where it was going BAM you were in for a big surprises.  The love Richard and Grady had was so sweet. Al love we call only wish for and yet it had its problems also.  Then along comes Denny, a hot, sexy slave that was also strong and willing to fight for what he believed in.  The new love between him and Richard was so hot and still so loving.  So sigh worthy!  This is way  up on my favorite lists!
Recommendations: If you like settings where the world has gone through changes, Slavery being  fought, revolutions, freedom fighters, stories with a lot of angst but still loving relationships, hot steamy mansex, a love that won’t die, twists and turns. This one is Fabulous!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

review for Catching Fireflies by KC Kendricks

Title:  Catching Fireflies
Series: Follows Between the Moon and The Deep Blue Sea- though it stands alone.
Author: KC Kendricks
Genre:  MM contemporary
Length: Novella (20,000 words)
Publisher:  Amber Allure Press
Heart: 5
Heat: explicit
Blurb: Sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea... 

Dale Langley longs for some triple R time—rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. He accepts his cousin’s invitation to winter over on Ocracoke Island, far away from the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland. He’s always loved being a rolling stone, traveling for his job without the worry of a place to call home, but it’s time for something different. Now Dale anticipates several blissful months to learn how to be still with no demands on his time while he prepares for the next phase of his life. 

Aubrey Zimmerman came to Ocracoke to attend a friend’s commitment ceremony. Never one to settle down, Aubrey’s had enough of involvements that took him from man to man without a place to call home. He needs a break—and a little solitude. Housesitting while his friend is on his honeymoon is the perfect way to clear his head and catch up on his sleep. At least it seemed that way until Dale arrived and Aubrey realized sleep is the last thing he needs. 

Fate has changes in store for Dale and Aubrey, the sort neither one knew they wanted. Sometimes the more you wander the closer to home you get.
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Review: This is a story about Dale that has been through a beating and robbery. He lost his job for taking off too much time recuperating and wasn’t Dale to drive and stuff to travel for work  like he needed to.  He goes to Ocracoke Island where he  used to spend his summers and is going to stay the winter with his cousin Sam to try to get his head  cleared and perhaps find a new job and place to stay. He meets Aubrey that use to live with older rich guys, basically was a kept man. He is leaving his ex and that leaves him with no job no real skills and no home. He comes to Ocracoke to attend his friend Chads commitment ceremony and housesit while they are on their honeymoon.
I found this story well written, the characters all very interesting and the story hard to put down once I started. Well I dint put it down I finish in one sitting.  Both Aubrey and Dale are dealing with some heavy stuff. Aubrey keeps warning Dale not to get attached and Dale knows he shouldn’t or that Aubrey shouldn’t get attached to him either.  The other characters were all interesting also though not a lot was mention of them just in passing.  The first book is Chad and his partner’s story and since Chad and Aubrey are connected I am sure he is in that one too.  This book stands perfectly on its own and I had no clue it was a sequel until the end when it told about the other book.  Of course I will be reading it too! Great story here and I can’t wait to see if there is more!
Recommendation: If you like stories of starting over, Rich men, men on the mend, Hot mansex this one is really good!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review for If You Run From Me by Edward Kendrick

Title: If you Run From Me
Series: Winterfield Series book 4
Release Date  May 11 2013
Author:  Edward Kendrick
Genre:  MM romance, Suspense, mystery
Length:  123 pages
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Meows: 4
Purrrs: no actual sex
Blurb: Grady Marlow and his father, Leland, pediatric doctors, seem to have it all, despite the fact that Randolph Marlow, Leland's partner and Grady's other father, has vanished from their lives. When they hire a new receptionist, Jeremy Audley, he convinces Grady to become the on-call doctor at a local shelter for street kids.

Then, someone starts stalking Grady and Leland. Randolph is the only person who knows who the man is, and he's on the run from the stalker. Now he may be drawn back to the city to save the family he loves before the man destroys them.

It will take the combined efforts of all the Marlows and private detective Megan Arthur, to stop a mad man from killing again.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains both MF and MM romantic scenes.

Reviewer: Cat
Review:Randolph left his partner and son for their own protection two years ago.  Now the person after him has decided to use his family to get him to come back. Leland thinks Randolph stopped loving him and left for someone else but didn’t tell this to Grady.
I love Edward Kendrick and all his stories. This one didn’t disappoint. The characters are very likeable and the storyline was exciting and suspenseful. My only trouble was it was a bit too short. I would have liked to seen a bit more action once Randolph came back and also more between Grady and Megan and if Randolph and Leland worked things out. I bet there will be another book and I will definitely be looking for it.
Recommendations: If you like action and suspense, A story with lots of angst, retired policemen, doctors, mystery, true love, this one is for you.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review for To catch a Spirit by Carrie Pulkinen


Title: To Catch a Spirit
Release Date: April 15th 2011
Author:  Carrie Pulkinen
Genre:  contemporary Romance, paranormal,
Length: Novel ( 272 pages)
Publisher: Breathless Press
Meows: 4
Purrrs: hot and sensual
Blurb: A psychic who's afraid of ghosts and a millionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power find that only love can catch a spirit. With love, all things are possible-especially if you need to catch a Spirit.Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she's never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire's true emotions to slip through Allison's shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn't willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn't work with spirits anymore.But the ghost is the least of Logan's problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it's about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.Sex and money. That's all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he's plagued with recurring visions of his future wife's death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He's given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She's everything he's ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.If she'll even have him. Allison's lost too much already - her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can't help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment...and ghosts...or face spending the rest of her life alone.
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Reviewer: Cat
Review: Allison is a psychic and a healer, she has had some issues in her past and doesnt  allow her self to get close to a man. Logan is empathic but doenst know a lot about it. he has visions and has locked himself in a playboy image to keep from gettign hurt and his visions to come true. Bothe Allison and Logan feel somehtign when they meet each other. 
This story hasa avery good storyline and the characters are all pretty amazing if not too good to be true. but that is what romantic fiction is right?  I am going to say what I didnt like aobut this story first then go on with  what i did.  First off there was a lot of repetitveness. I felt like i was reading ghe same thing over and over quite a bit, and there were a lot of things happen that did not add at all to the story. I felt this story  could have been cut almost in half and been mch better.  Having said that,  the subject of the empath and physci andgoshts were all very interesting the sex was hot ( again very repetitive and a the romance a bit  lovey dovey too mushy but all in all a very good basic romance  wiht a paranormal twist . I do recomend this book to paranormal romance lovers especilly if you like  a basic  boy meets girl  falls in love Happy ever after story. 

Recommendations: If you like a good paranormal romance, that is hot and sexy, has natural healing, spirits,  hot sexy rich men, Mediums, and a great suspenseful story  this one is for you!
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review for Different Breeds By Thomas Kearnes

Title: Different breeds
Release Date:   May 2013
Author:  Thomas Kearnes
Genre: contemporary MM, LGBT,
Length: short story  (4,864 words )
Publisher: JMS Books
Warnings: Lots of drug use
Meows: 3
Purrrs: explicit
Blurb:  Derek and Blake have an understanding -- they can hook up with whoever they want, but they always came back to one another. So Derek is doing exactly that while in town for his cousin's wedding. A family gathering, a quick lay, and he'll be back in Blake's arms in a few days.

What Derek doesn't expect is for some clingy guy to actas if Derek's his last, best hope.

Leonard throws the best parties around, and he has killer dope, but he's more than a great host. He's a lonely man who has to buy friends. When he offers Derek a future on a horse ranch in Florida, Derek thinks he's kidding. But he soon learns Leonard never kids. When their casual encounter takes a turn for the worst, Derek wants to forget Leonard even exists.

What happens when a man who can't take no for an answer comes up against a guy who doesn't want any strings tying him down?
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Review: Derek met Doug online and since he had to attend his cousin’s wedding in the town Doug lived in he decides to meet Doug.  He is in an open relationship with Blake, but still looking for more and the lure of sex and drugs is too much for him.  At a party Doug takes him to he meets the owner of the house Leonard that wants him to go away with him to Florida and live.
I found this a very poignant sad story of loneliness. Though Leonard had  a big house and big parties and good drugs he was a very lonely man.  I goes to show us that we all search for something and need something in our lives that on the surface seems we have it all.. A lovely thought provoking story.
Recommendations: If you like a more serious story  of drugs, promiscuous sex, open relationships, and angst this one is for you.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Review for Pony Play by J.M Snyder

Title: Pony Play
Release Date September 1 2009
Author:   J. M. Snyder
Genre:  MM erotica, fetish,
Length: short story (7,104 words)
Publisher JMS Books llc
Warnings: fetish, MM sex,
Meows: 3
Purrrs: explicit
Blurb:  Drew isn't into BDSM and doesn't get off on calling anyone "Master." So he doesn't know why he lets his friend Sean talk him into attending a weekend affair hosted by a local bondage group. When he finds out it's a pony play weekend, Drew doesn't think things can get much worse.

But they do -- his insolent manner once outfitted turns a harsh trainer on him. Salvation comes at the hands of a gentle man named Phillip, who leads the abused Drew to a quiet stables and shows him just how erotic succumbing to a master can be.
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Reviewer: Cat
Review: Dew pretty much like his sex vanilla and is not into fetish or bondage at all. He hasn’t been laid in a while, so he gives in at his friend Sean’s urging to join him at a fetish camp that weekend featuring pony play.
This was a fast paced well written story about a man that gives in to go experiment with his friend. I sort of had it all figured out that it was a way to for his friend to get him to have sex with him.  I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  I was totally unfamiliar with the fetish of pony play and found this story explained it very well without being overly technical or teachy.  The story was good, and  the sex very hot. If your wanting to learn more of some of the fetishes out there this is a good place to start.  I enjoyed the book!
Recommendations: If you  like fetish, especially pony play, light bondage, and hot MM sex this one is for you.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Soul Mate by Shawn Bailey

Title: Soul Mate
Release Date; May 18 2013
Author: Shawn Bailey
Genre:  M/M Contemporary romance
Length: novella (111 pages)
Publisher: Silver
Meows: 3
Purrrs: Explicit
Blurb:  Edna Murphy places a personal ad to find her son, Jovan, a mate. He rarely dates anyone, spending his time working or fishing with friends. Gemma Costas answers, hoping to hook her son Galen up with a nice young man.

Edna Murphy places a personal ad to find her son, Jovan, a mate. He spends most of his time working or fishing with friends and rarely goes out on a date. She wants him to find someone nice and settle down.

Galen Costas drives his mother crazy. He cooks dinner three times a week, does the grocery shopping, and cleans and arranges the furniture. And he doesn't even live in the same house. Gemma thinks he needs a life and takes matters into her own hands by answering a lonely heart ad.

Jovan and Galen click the moment they meet. But their match made in heaven could be ruined by a man from Galen's past.
Reviewer: Cat
Review: Galen and Jovan’s moms both love them very much but they both want their sons to find love and move on.  Jovan’s mom has put a lonely hearts add in the paper and Galen's mom replies to it for Galen.  Jovan’s mom has a party for Galen inviting some of the replies and Galen and Jovan hit it off immediately.
Ok so this story was good. It had a lot of promise and is a very basic boy meets boy falls in love at first site, hits a bump and happy ever after.  It’s very sugary sweet with some very hot loving so you can’t really go wrong if you’re looking for a nice romance to make you go ahh! I loved all the characters even the moms. I though they about stole the show!!  I loved Galen’s quirks and Jovan is the classic gotta love hot male. I also loves the touch of humor. Now for the things I didn’t like so much.  #1  they were so opposite there would be some clashing, Jovan’s messing and masculine and Galen  was overly compulsive on cleaning though  not a tiff or word ensued there.  Then along comes Galen’s ex Johnny flashing fancy sports cars for Galen.  Jovan gets a bit  jealous but that’s about it even when he follows  and issue ensue he  basically shrugs it off and even helps Johnny? *shakes head* Then there is all the man ogling from all the characters. They even tease about Galen’s assistant and Johnny’s boyfriend that he brings along when he is trying to win over Galen. Like I said before it’s a great story but oh so sweet  unbelievably sweet!
Recommendations: If you like syrupy sweet romance, meddling Moms that mean well, love at first sight,  fast cars and hot men this one is for you

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review for Waking up in Vegas by Romy Somers

Title: Waking up in Vegas
Author: Romy Sommer
Genre: M/F contemporary Romance
Length:182 pages (novella)
Publisher: Harper Impulse (Harper Collins)
Heart:  4
Heat: moderate


What happens in Vegas…Waking up to the bright lights of Vegas in an unfamiliar penthouse suite, cocktail waitress Phoenix Montgomery finds she’s covered from head to foot in gold glitter and not alone – aside from the empty bottle of champagne, there’s a mystery man in the shower and a huge sparkly ring on her finger! Stays in Vegas? There’s no denying Max Waldburg’s demi-god sex appeal but commitment-phobic Phoenix doesn’t do relationships. Only it seems her new husband (agh!) has other ideas…he’s trying to keep that ring on her finger and his wife firmly back in his bed. The only question on her lips is – why? Or maybe, why not?

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Reviewer: Cat
Review: Phoenix wakes up with a strange man in her bed and finds she has married him. He begs for a chance to convince her that they are destined to be together that none in his family has divorced in 300 years.  She slowly accepts she has feelings for him but still wishes she could remember the night they supposedly married.
This story is your typical Cinderella romance, the perfect man ( prince charming and the woman that has had a rough life and wants to chase her dreams) he modern day twist  mixed with folklore and  fairy tales is charming and sweet.  I loved all the characters and the story is a classic who doesn’t dream of a man that loves you.

Recommendation: If you like a Cinderella type sweet romance, complete with princes, and castles and kingdoms, toss in  a modern day setting, with a strong female lead, that is afraid to follow her heart and  accept her prince charming,  lots of sensuous romance you will love this one.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review for Of Heroes and Hay bales by Vicki Locey

Title: Of Heroes and Hay bales
Series: Of Gods And Goats Book 2
Release Date: April 2013
Author:  V. L. Locey
Genre: Romantic comedy,adventure, action, comedy, romantic, gods, greek, mythology, rural,
Length: Novel (Words: 93,681 )
Publisher; Self published
Warnings: causes side splitting laughter
Meows: 5
Purrrs: hot and sexy
Blurb: Whoever it was who said that life that on a farm is kind of laid back never lived on my farm.

You`d think that getting the upper hand with Hades, god of the Grecian underworld, would have given Ares and me the luxury of a vacation. We could have used some time to unwind and discover the wonders of being newly in love. It would have been super to spend our days relaxing with my dairy goats, chickens, dog, cat, Hereford, and George, the loveable Greek ‘bison ‘, who all call my twelve acres in the mountains of Pennsylvania 'home.' 

But no, we don`t get a vacation. What we get is another round of battling creatures from Greek mythology: visiting members of Ares` family who reek of goat buck, nights filled with horrific dreams, teenage goddesses, mortal boys, shocking revelations, and a worldwide search for what may be the only thing to defeat Hades and save the world as we know it. 

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages
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Reviewer: Cat
Review:  This book continues Libby’s adventures of her life with the war God Ares. In this book Ares and his daughter Harmonia are living with her on her goat farm along with her goats, her cow her cat her dog and her chickens. Now she also has along with Ares and his daughter and sometimes his twin sons, a gay Minotaur that has saved her form Hades once and in this book is joined by the Satyr Pan and Ares chariot of fire and fire breathing warhorses. Libby  is plagued by insomnia after putting on the helm of darkness in the last book ( you must read if you haven’t it is hilarious also!)  She soon finds out that is the least of her problems when they find out that Hades is trying to find Zeus’ hidden armor and wreak more havoc on the world.
Oh my! This story is filled with action and adventure and is a laugh a minute. The characters are so adorable and well developed and the plot is also delivered with intrigue and wit. .  It picks up where the last one left off but it stands alone perfectly. Be warned you will want to go back and read that one too! I can’t wait for the next one to come out!
Recommendations: If you like a fast paced story based about Greek gods, and goats, and snarky goat herders, that will  make you roll in the floor with laughter and drool over the love scenes this one is a must read!!
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