April 7th, 2014

andrew potter

2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Only Way

Lesbian Fantasy Romance
The Only Way by Jamie Sullivan
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (March 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620043297
ISBN-13: 978-1620043295
Amazon: The Only Way
Amazon Kindle: The Only Way

In the Gutter, there are only two ways for a girl to earn a living-among the trash or on her back. When Hart decides that's not good enough for her, she takes on the high stakes world of no-holds-barred fighting. There's just one problem: women aren't allowed in the ring. Hair cut short and dressed in her father's old clothes, Hart ventures into the Alley and the world of arena fighting. There she meets Ruby, the daughter of the Arena owner and a brilliant fighter in her own right. When she offers Hart the chance for friendship, Hart cannot resist. But Ruby thinks Hart is a man, and as she and Ruby grow closer, it gets harder and harder to maintain the façade...

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25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
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andrew potter

Best Gay Fantasy: Brute by Kim Fielding

The story of Brute and Gray was so sweet that I'm not ashamed to say in more than one occasion my eyes were brimming with tears. It was an out and loud crying, but more a lump in the throat, something that I managed to contain but nonetheless emotional. I was able to rein my emotions only cause, as I said, the story was sweet, even cute sometime.

Brute is not an ogre, but he is not far from it; very tall, and truth be told, quite ugly, he hadn't many chances at happiness; that he prefers men isn't apparently a problem, the problem is that male or female, no one is really attracted to him, cause before knowing him, and the good man he is, they see the ugliness, and no one has cared to go beyond that. Than a chance brings him to the court and he is apprenticed as guardian of a very special prisoner, a blind man and a witch to both. Brute didn't know Gray from before, he doesn't know what the man did, what he knows is that Gray was mistreated, and that he is hurting, and Brute doesn't like to see anyone hurt. Kindness will give space to friendship, comfort to desire, and soon enough, Brute and Gray are in love with each other, but Gray is still a captive.

I had the feeling the novel was more dramatic, I was expecting a tragedy to happen, and instead, while they have to face oddities and difficulties, the author managed to stay on a light tone, so much that, while commonly I don't like very much Fantasy novel, I truly enjoy this one, so much to list it as one of my favorites of this year.

Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623802261
ISBN-13: 978-1623802264
Amazon: Brute
Amazon Kindle: Brute

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