November 4th, 2015

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Blog Tour: Promises (Bounty Hunters #1) by A.E. Via

Promises: Part I (Bounty Hunters Book 1) by A.E. Via
Series: The Bounty Hunters
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1518628443
ISBN-13: 978-1518628443
Amazon: Promises: Part I (Bounty Hunters Book 1)
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Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.

Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.

When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years - from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend… Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.

It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.

Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.

“Let me tell you, this is going on my M/M favorites shelf and it's in my top three A.E. Via books ever written.” ~ Gay Book Reviews

“AE does Alphas so well....another thing she does his power bottoms well. Add that to a sexy age gap and well, its one unexpected surprise.”
~ Diva Discussions

“No one writes alpha men like AE Via! I just had to say that. Even if she claims this is not as rough alpha as her others, I’m sorry, I was still fanning myself!”
~ Diverse Reader

About the Author: A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her eighth novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!
Go to A.E. Via’s official website for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn

Up the Ante by PJ Trebelhorn
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626392374
ISBN-13: 978-1626392373
Amazon: Up the Ante
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Jordan Stryker’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis changed her life. She left the FBI and decided to try her hand at professional poker. She’s played poker for years, but no amount of practice could have prepared her for what she’d face in Las Vegas away from the tables.
Ashley Noble works security at a casino in Vegas. After a failed marriage and a disgraced exit from her position with the LAPD, she’s just grateful to have a job. When Stryker shows up in her casino, Ash is forced to face the woman she had an affair with fifteen years ago and thought she’d never see again.
The attraction between the two is undeniable, but Jordan keeps her distance because of her MS. When Ash decides she’s ready to up the ante, she knows getting Jordan to call the bet will be damn near impossible.

Finally a romance with some mettle to it: The main character suffers from MS and has to come to terms with it and love. Well done!

This was a toughie to rate. A perfect beach/vacation read. I loved the Las Vegas setting and a woman changing careers mid life due to a diagnosis of MS.

A solidly written novel that had me rooting for its two very sexy main characters, Ashley and Jordan. Well done, P. J. Trebelhorn.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt
Bisexual Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (December 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626492654
ISBN-13: 978-1626492653
Amazon: The Tide of War
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Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.

Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.

Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.

I love this story. Full of action, drama, more than a little loss. The pages couldn't turn fast enough.

The story is told from a few point of views--and it moves the plot along quickly.  The world building was such that I felt I was in that hangar and on the space station, along with the characters.  Nicely done!

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The King of Forever by Kirby Crow

The King of Forever: Book Four of Scarlet and the White Wolf by Kirby Crow
Gay Fantasy
Publisher: Bonecamp (July 10, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: The King of Forever: Book Four of Scarlet and the White Wolf

The sun has returned to the Land of Night and Liall has claimed a throne he never wanted, but many still oppose the presence of his beloved Scarlet at court. While the powerful barons clamor for a royal heir to secure the succession, rumors fly of Liall's marriage to a baron's daughter, driving a painful wedge between the lovers.

But the proposed marriage of Lady Ressilka isn't the only reason Scarlet has grown distant. His magic is changing, mutating into a dangerous power he does not understand, and the only people who might be able to help him control it are the Ancients, who once tried to murder him.

When the borders of Rshan are threatened and war looms, Liall agrees to a forbidden pact to save Scarlet, but the bargain may cost the Wolf his life.

This is a great continuance of the series. Kirby's writing flows so well, and the characters just build up their layers as they go along together. The future prospect of Liall marrying a woman just cut into my heart - I felt so much for Scarlet. Add to that Liall's major angst about Scarlet's short lifespan (his race live a maximum of 40 years, whereas Liall is long-lived, already in his 8th decade), and you have an angstfest. The settings are so gorgeously described. The frozen, always dark (in winter) world of Rshan na Ostre was amazingly brought to life here. I felt Scarlet's alienation and struggle to survive in a court that didn't want him, in an alien environment. I'd still like to see it do very, very well.

Gorgeously staged with intriguing characters.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Girls In Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein

Girls In Ice Houses by Linda Morganstein
Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Regal Crest Enterprises, LLC (November 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161929222X
ISBN-13: 978-1619292222
Amazon: Girls In Ice Houses
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Maxie Wolfe is becoming a notorious female paparazzo, a dubious goal that reflects her flight from the past. One scorching night, outside the Bad Mama Supper Club, Maxie scuffles with Fisher Jacobs, female sports agent. They're both arrested and sentenced to anger-management classes. Things go from bad to worse for the pair in Hollywood, until they flee to Fisher's family in Minnesota. Once there, Maxie begins to bond with the Jacobs family and to use her talent to take photos that aren't ugly celebrity exposes. Reluctantly, she uncovers startling secrets about the Jacobs family. Girls in Ice Houses is a thoughtful yet humorous exploration of complex family dynamics, and the nature of art and creativity.

Quirky characters, an original and unpredictable plot, and a winning combination of comedy and domestic horror reminiscent of Edward Albee. 

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo

Love is Enough by Cindy Rizzo
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Cindy Rizzo (September 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501087681
ISBN-13: 978-1501087684
Amazon: Love is Enough
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Angie Antonelli has the life she’s always dreamed of—a promising political career, a supportive family, and great friends. The one thing missing is what she always hoped she’d have by now, a committed relationship with the woman of her dreams. Jan Clifford has been taking a break from women while she figures out how to create a life that is more fulfilling than the country club set of her parents and her job in the family’s investment firm. When Angie and Jan are set up on a blind date, the chemistry is immediate, but each wonders if she can really fit into the other’s world. Can the politician who fights for the little guy make things work with the investment manager who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth? Before it has time to get very far, this new relationship will be put to the test. First, Angie must decide how she really feels when her first love suddenly comes back into her life. And then the worlds of politics and finance collide when Jan refuses to walk away from a business deal that threatens Angie’s re-election to a second term in Congress. Can this intense connection they feel keep Angie and Jan together? Only hopeless romantics believe that love is enough, right? Following on from the award-winning debut novel, Exception to the Rule, Cindy Rizzo again gives us a story that blends romance with the important issues of our time.

I really enjoyed this refreshing story about an Italian, out and proud lesbian Congresswoman meeting and falling in love with a rich, Ivy League, female Vice President of a financial firm. Love is Enough had all the markings of being your typical: opposites-attract, love-at-first-sight, love-conquers-all, true-love-after-major-heartbreak type of love story, but Mrs. Rizzo gave the story a fresh perspective by placing Angie and Jan's right in the middle of one of the most emotionally, mentally, and relationshippy (yes, it's a word for the purposes of this review) dangerous places in North America: Washington, D.C. The plot was engaging, humorous at certain points, romantic, sensual, and even educational. The author did a great job of describing the different settings, making the reader feel as if they were right there. The characters were all realistic and personable, tragically flawed and amazingly likable, not a Mary Sue in the bunch. Mrs. Rizzo's writing style was entertaining and brought the story to life. Even the few grammar mistakes could be overlooked in the midst of the engaging storyline. 

Overall, this is a nice romance.  I enjoyed the aspect of a political rising star and in investment banker falling in love and how that would work out.

Definitely in the upper ranges. Very vivid descriptions. Really, Characters were perfectly drawn, each and every one of them. Not a single black-and white cookie cutter character, they were all layered, well wrought, with flaws and strenghths. Their growth over the course of the story was relatable and engrossing, and I think I fell in love a little bit with Jan and Angie both. Well-written, smooth, abundant with fact without ever resorting to info-dump. A very enjoyable read.

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