July 21st, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Behr Facts and When Adam Fell by Pat Henshaw (022-02-26-2016)

It was a nice, comfy series, a little bit of drama but of course I KNEW there had to be a happily ever after.

Behr Facts and When Adam Fell (2 novellas as 1 submission) by Pat Henshaw
Gay Contemporary Romance

Behr Facts (Foothills Pride Stories)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (October 28, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride Stories)

A Foothills Pride Story

Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride Stories)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 24, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride Stories)

A Foothills Pride Story

When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.

Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he's overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.

Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: In My Heart by Joe Cosentino (047-03-17-2016)

Two short stories that I could cried and laughed with. Truly bittersweet stories about regrets, lost opportunities and enduring love. Top notch characterization.

In My Heart (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, 2 novellas as 1 submission) by Joe Cosentino
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 21, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634771036
ISBN-13: 978-1634771030
Amazon: In My Heart

"In My Heart Novellas"

"An Infatuation"

With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

"A Shooting Star"

On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star.

Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears. "

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Elemental Love by L.M. Somerton (86-04-17-2016)

This was a great story that came full circle. It was a great read.

Elemental Love (Warlocks #1) by L.M. Somerton
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: Warlocks
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (March 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786519399
ISBN-13: 978-1786519399
Amazon: Elemental Love (Warlocks #1) by L.M. Somerton
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An untrained warlock is a dangerous man to love.

On his twenty-first birthday, Evrain Brookes discovers he is an elemental warlock. The spell suppressing his talent lifts and he has to get used to a whole new existence. The protection that kept him safe during his childhood is gone, his skills are wild and uncontrolled and there are those that seek to use him for their own gain.

Evrain’s grandmother is a witch, his godfather another warlock. Between them they do their best to keep Evrain on the right path. He learns that in order to gain control of his formidable powers, he will need to ‘channel’ through a life partner, a process that happens only with consent and through love. But how will he ever find a man prepared to put up with a Dominant warlock for a boyfriend?

Dominic Castine has no idea that Evrain’s grandmother sees him as a prospective partner for Evrain. He tends her garden and she teaches him about herbs—a trade-off they both enjoy. He is drawn to Evrain’s charismatic presence but doesn’t understand why he wants to drop to his knees and submit to him.

When Agatha is murdered, Evrain and Dominic are thrown together as she manipulates them from beyond the grave. Dominic becomes the pawn in a terrifying game between warlocks whose powers he barely comprehends.

In the end, lives will depend on his courage, his willingness to grant Evrain control and the power of love.

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