November 10th, 2015

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Book Blast: Make Me by Brina Brady

Make Me (Rent Me 3) by Brina Brady
Paperback: 312 pages;
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 10, 2015)
Language: English
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Blurb: Russian mobster Dmitri Dubrovsky and ex-rent boy Brennen are hiding out in the German woods with those closest to them, and not everyone is happy. Living in a small cabin took its toll on the married couple. Everyone’s safety is dependent on Dmitri, meaning he and Brennen don't spend enough alone time.
Brennen with his sneaky self is finding his way back to his old tricks. The struggles that these two men go through bring out the best and the worst of each. Jealousy is still a big issue for both of them, but they manage to squeeze in some kinky and playful sex. There are some difficulties when they balance their Domestic Discipline Relationship in their marriage.
They find danger when a secret meeting in Amsterdam with a trusted source turns out to be a betrayal. A brother goes missing, leaving an additional burden on Dmitri's shoulders.
Complications with a drug lord see them traveling to Mexico to sort the problem out, but when one problem is solved another arises when they return back home. Something that will change their lives forever. Can their marriage handle the change?

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Meet the author: I am from Huntington Beach, Ca. I taught various subjects at a Continuation High School in Los Angeles, California for 27 years. I obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in history, Secondary Social Science Credential and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Reading and Secondary Education from California State University, Long Beach. I also enrolled in some creative writing classes at UCLA. I am currently taking classes from Romance Writers of America.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Right Time by Lane Hayes

The Right Time (Right And Wrong Book 3) by Lane Hayes
Gay Erotic Romance
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 26, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634762169
ISBN-13: 978-1634762168
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A Right and Wrong Story

Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.

Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained for. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.

The Right Time is a mellifluous story that transcends the standard gay, contemporary stories that revolve around boy-meeting-boy, boy-falling-in-love-with-boy, boy-and-boy-having-a-misunderstanding-and-breaking-up, and two-boys-declaring-their-love-for-each-other-and-having-a-happily-ever-after, with a bunch of sex thrown into the plot to make it interesting. No, The Right Time was more than just a love story, more than just a friends-to-lovers story, more than just an interracial story. This story was not only about the love and hot (and I do mean hot-how do you make a scene with two men working out but not touching or kissing so unbelievably sexy and "boner-inducing"? Like seriously? All they were doing was TALKING!) sex between Alex and Nate, it was about Nate coming to love and accept himself, it was about Alex realizing and fully embracing the love of his father, it was about heartache, loss, grief, communication, giving back, it was about the next generation, acceptance, equality, race, music, friendship, resolution, closure, and most importantly fútbol! And while many authors would struggle, try, and fail when attempting to include these many different and varied subject matters into one books, Lane Hayes did it so effortlessly and seamlessly that the plot flowed exceptionally well. The scenes were so artfully described as to make the reader feel as if they were trapped in the congestion of L.A. traffic or running on the beach, swimming in the ocean, eating delicious homemade Mexican food, or even entangled in the sheets with a hot Latino lover, hearing his groans and grunts of passion, with his warm breath against their skin. The characters were all so fully rounded out and described, each of them moving and reacting as if they were fully formed 3-D people, other than 2-D characters who ring false, even the secondary characters were so fully established that I found myself fully engaged in them. I think this is all due to Mrs. Hayes's exceptional writing style, it grabs a hold of the reader and plops them down into the story, engages their emotions, and so thoroughly engrosses their attention that they are incapable of releasing the story or its characters until the story is complete. There was no way this story deserved anything less than a 40 from me, and that's not just because I love all of the classical music mentioned in the book or the quote by J.R.R. Tolkien from The Hobbit that was mentioned, but because the book totally earned it.

A slow burn romance that packs a strong emotional punch.

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blowing Smoke by Rory Ni Coileain

Blowing Smoke: Book Five in the SoulShares Series by Rory Ni Coileain
Gay Fantasy Romance
Series: SoulShares
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books (July 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626012121
ISBN-13: 978-1626012127
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Lasair Faol, Master of the Fade-Hounds to the Royal court of the Demesne of Fire in the Fae Realm, has been exiled to the human world by the Princess Consort for failing to catch her son’s kidnapper. Bryce Newhouse, Greenwich Village investment banker, is universally loathed by all who know him. Generally, he’s perfectly cool with that, but he discovers what he’s been missing—literally — when he finds Lasair chained in his basement. Bryce was supposed to receive half of Lasair’s soul at his birth, but thanks to the Fae of Purgatory, the Pattern — the portal between the worlds — has been damaged, and Bryce’s soul arrived 31 years too late. Now the exiled Fae is the shunned human’s only hope of healing his broken past. And with the fate of two worlds riding on that healing, Lasair is going to have to overcome both his race's innate mistrust of genuine emotion and his own very unFae awkwardness, to have any chance of reaching Bryce's impenetrable heart.

Wonderfully writing fantasy series.  This installment mananged to make my sympathetic to a character I hated before. I can't say I love him, but I managed to enjoy the story.  The overall story arc that is a continuation from the first 4 installments moves along and sets up the rest of the series well

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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt

Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626493324
ISBN-13: 978-1626493322
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Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.

Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.

Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?

I really liked this story, the plot is well developed, the story  captivating, the words really make you feel the music. One of my best reading.

This book had a great thread to the story and I enjoyed it from page one…Loved it.

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