September 30th, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Jared (Urban Wolves #1) by Leona Windwalker (251-08-06-2016)

This book is not for everyone. For starters, Jared, the title character is violently assaulted in the first few pages of the book. However, if you can get over the jarring scene that unfolds, what you’ll discover is a slow, percolating love story between Steve, the Alpha-designate as Steve searches for his Alpha-Mate. The prose is simple, not chocked full of clutter, and once you get into the story, moves pretty quickly. The characters of Steve and Jared are very likable. This is definitely a 4 plus star story.

Jared (Urban Wolves #1) by Leona Windwalker
Gay Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Rune Tree Press; 1st edition (July 8, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Jared (Urban Wolves #1)

Jared just wanted to celebrate his birthday and make new friends, but he quickly finds that clubbing can be dangerous. In fact, the whole world is a different place than he thought it was. Werewolves, vampires, and faeries turn out to be all too real. Front and center of it is Steven Chang- alpha heir and all around good guy. He says Jared's his mate. It's all a bit much for Jared to process, but maybe it'll all be okay as Steve says he's willing to date first. For a while anyway. Jared just hopes it's long enough to wrap his head around it all, hopefully without getting disappeared by the mysterious men in suits or anything weirder happening.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Caged Jaye by Lynn Kelling (62-03-26-2016)

It was a very very dark read, and I had to interrupt it a few times because it was unbearable at times. What really made me reach the end were the characters. Jaye is an innocent man who goes through horrific things and he is able to find his strength. Cash, his protector, is not a black or white character, and he's not positive or negative. He's very hard to label, and I loved that. Even though I like a little bit of romance and I hoped against hope that there was going to be a big moment, there wasn't, but it's ok, because the "relationship" at least felt real. The setting is dark and for someone like me who loved the prison series Oz it was quite entertaining (even if I hate myself for feeling this). Anyway the fascination I had with this book is that it wasn't trying to sugarcoat Jaye's situation and that the character has a great survival instinct, he was a great fighter.Not a book I recommend if you want a light read.

Caged Jaye by Lynn Kelling
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Series: Arctic Absolution
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (April 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622342852
ISBN-13: 978-1622342853
Amazon: Caged Jaye
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It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend, Kris, and his mother — the people he loves most, who make life worth living. But faced with his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, Jaye wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices to survive, no matter what it costs.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Leather Wishes by Julian Keys (65-03-26-2016)

1) Julian Keys speaks with a distinctive and lively voice. His writing, direct yet nuanced and with many an arresting turn of phrase, is a joy to read. This is high praise from a reviewer who is not drawn to the M/s, D/s scene and can gauge the erotic content with a dispassionate eye. His characters are sharply delineated, and their motivations are complex and subtly shaded. Even though I couldn't tell exactly where the action takes place, setting deserves a high score. The spaces the characters inhabit telegraph who they are, what they feel, and how they live their lives. Examples include the apartment complex, with its communal storage space, where the protagonist's mother lives, the Cockpit leather bar and its down-at-the-heel Christmas ornaments, and the protagonist's flat, stripped to its bare essentials but stacked floor-to-ceiling with books. Here, setting shed lights on character and even advances plot. Plot is, however, the weakest link. Because this a collection of stand-alone stories strung together into one long book, Keys falls back on saying "but that's another story" when recapping events that occurred earlier in the book. When the stories are read in succession, the recapping just gets in the way. But perhaps Keys couldn't revise already published stories to edit out the "feather dusting" relating circumstances the reader already knows about.

2) My favorite kinds of stories are the ones where I start out thinking "this kink/pairing/genre/etc really isn't my thing," and then the author changes my mind. This was that kind of book and then some. Yes, the stories are some of the sexiest I've ever read, but it's the characters who make them unforgettable. Mason, the Fancy Man, is one of the most intelligent, thought-provoking, passionate and compassionate characters I've ever read. I love the interplay of race, power, and kink. The writing is elegant, spare, and thoughtful. Truly an outstanding collection.

Leather Wishes, The Adventures of the Fancy Man by Julian Keys
Gay Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622342666
ISBN-13: 978-1622342662
Amazon: Leather Wishes, The Adventures of the Fancy Man
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Mason, the leather top known at the Cockpit Bar as the Fancy Man, loves to create BDSM scenes for people—the more unusual the better. Charles brought him one of his tougher challenges, and the two have been together since. It hasn’t always been easy, as they work out what they are to each other, both as dominant and submissive and as lovers. Now Mason and Charles work together to create BDSM experiences of intense emotion. As they help other people deal with broken hearts and long-buried desires, they also confront the possibilities in their own relationship. Partners in the scene and in the bed, the two men come to appreciate that they could be so much more together.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Artifact of Foex by James L. Wolf (69-03-26-2016)

This is my kind of story… I will definitely be reading the other story in this series… This story sucked me in and made me forget my own troubles.

The Artifact of Foex by James L. Wolf
Transgender Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (March 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162234281X
ISBN-13: 978-1622342815
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When Chet, a graduate student of archaeology, is invited to show a gorgeous woman named Journey around their summer dig site, he has no idea what he’s in for. For one thing Journey isn’t a woman: she’s Flame, one of the reviled, shape shifting, gender-fluctuating people of Uos. Then Journey uncovers a deadly secret in the dust. Chet must run to keep up with spies, murder, long-lost magic, and a romantic dream embodied by a 332 year old man who holds the key to absolute power on the world of Uos.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Cover Contest

To make the event more fun for everyone, this year all the covers will remain in the poll till the end. BUT I will push your competitive profile letting you know, week by week which covers are in the top 10 :-) this week there are 11 since there is a tie-in. Enjoy! and continue to vote until the end nothing has been written out!

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