January 27th, 2013

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LGBT Ebook and Print Releases, January 2013

A Boy and His Dragon by R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
A Brisbane Sunrise by Ashton Wilcocks (MLR Press)
A Glimpse Of Reality: A Compilation of Short Stories by Dorothy Frati
A Grand Affaire: Love is...all that matters by Alp Mortal
A Highlander in L.A. by J.P. Bowie (Total-e-Bound)
A Liberty Treasury Trio of Gay Romances: Love is...unexpected by Alp Mortal
A Life Apart by Roger M. Kean
A life-long love by Alp Mortal
A Simple Charm by Vivien Dean (Liquid Silver Books)
A Snowy Winter Path (Fork in the Road) by Jackie Nacht (eXtasy Books)
A Stranger in Skoria by John Tristan (Loose ID)
A Very Good Thing by Kate Douglas (Changeling Press)
A White Kiss (Kiss Me at Midnight) by James L. Craig (Less Than Three Press)
A Year of Change (Kiss Me at Midnight) by Cassandra Pierce (Less Than Three Press)
Absolute Virgin by GR Richards (Torquere Books)
After the BBQ by Matthew Lang (MLR Press)
After the End by Alex Kidwell (Dreamspinner Press)
All My Crimes by Tal Valante (Riptide Publishing)
Always Looking by Mykola Dementiuk (JMS Books)
Amen's Boy: A Fictionalized Autobiography by Jacob Campbell and William Maltese
Amy by Leah Elizabeth Lucas
Analyzing Emory by Lily Grace (Dreamspinner Press)
Angelus: The Mark, Part Two by Jack Brewer
Animals by Wayne Mansfield (JMS Books)
Another Trio of Liberty Treasury Gay Romances: Love is...painful sometimes by Alp Mortal
Aragon, Volume 1 [The Count of Aragon: Adam Resurrected] (Siren Publishing Allure ManLove) by Alex Carreras
Assaracus Issue 09: A Journal of Gay Poetry by Bryan Borland
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Best of Both Worlds by Liz Andrews

Just the other day I was reading a story about college boys and thinking how they were really too naïve in their behavior for being guys living out of the protective umbrella of their family. Here the feeling was exactly the opposite, when first we met Chase, I didn’t feel the vibes of a college boy but of a more mature man. Then in the course of the story, and especially when we met Alex, the college boys theme is more accentuated, but still, I have the feeling this story could have been also between two older friends suddenly realizing their mutual feeling had turned into something else.

The author pushes a lot on the bisexual button, so much that I’m comfortable in saying this is more a bisexual than a gay romance, even if there is no woman in the mix; but the author wants her characters to be bisexual, and like that, I have no trouble in picturing this couple, maybe in a next future, opening their relationship to a woman, given that they find someone who is compatible with both of them.

The moving from friends to lovers was not sudden, it was something boiling between them for a long time, so long that it doesn’t seem strange when they almost rush to the sexual aspect of their relationship. It’s a rush for the reader, since they have just met them, but it’s not for them, who are best friends since high school, and now something more, something deeper for a long time.

There is a lot of sex, long, detailed sex scenes between Chase and Alex; maybe my only complaint is that I would have not minded to see them interact a little more with the external world, even maybe testing the waters about their relationship with someone else other than trusted friends. But maybe that is the subject of another novel for this author?

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/best-both-worlds-p-6622.html

Amazon Kindle: Best of Both Worlds (Friends and Lovers)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 31, 2012)

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Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch) by L.E. Harner

For a reason that I now don’t remember, I read the following book to this one in the series, and I had a completely wrong idea of Ty and Cass as a couple, and this is a positive comment, since it means they developed as a couple so much, that they reached the equilibrium I witness in Hold Tight.

My assumption was that Ty was this strong former military man who swept away from his feet the more refined Cass. I even had this idea of Ty being stronger and older, and of course the leader in their relationship. On the contrary, at the beginning of their story, Ty is a lost soul, a young man in desperate need of the comfort of a family, something he is searching in Gibby, his former mentor in the Army, and now cook at Cass’s ranch. Unfortunately for Ty he arrives too late, and Gibby is now gone. In a way, Cass substitutes the fatherly figure that was Gibby, but being him more Ty’s age, instead of a family made of father and son, what he proposes is that of two partners. If Ty is willing.

Ty has not only to overcome his PTSD, but also some very bad experiences he had, going back to his family. He is commitment shy since, until now, commitment didn’t bring him good luck, and for sure he didn’t have any good luck in the relationship department; maybe if he had the chance to witness Gibby’s own relationship with his partner, he would reconsider, but as for now, Ty has no role model for love and family. Cass will have his hands full in managing such skittish man, but the reward is worth the effort.

Amazon Kindle: Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch)
Publisher: Hot Corner Press (July 25, 2011)

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