November 5th, 2016

andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen (255-08-09-2016)

1) This was a really interesting tale. I'm very grateful to read this story.

2) I didn't really enjoy this book, I loved it! Scardust really sucked me into the small town, vast desert landscape and left me to negotiate the convoluted twists and turns of the plot by following the carefully laid clues to that wonderful OMG! moment, delightfully discovered before being laid out by the author because this is a book has has you thinking about it even when not reading it. Superb, intelligent writing and a character arc that wrenches the heart strings at times but leads to a HEA. One of the best I've read in a long time. Bravo author, bravo!

3) This was an engaging book from the start.  I enjoyed the pace of the story.  Each crisis was escalated to the next, and it kept my attention the entire time.

Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (February 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1682810690
ISBN-13: 978-1682810699
Amazon: Scardust
Amazon Kindle: Scardust

Dead Rock, Texas, 2037 Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he'd scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man-a man Raleigh can't seem to keep his eyes off of-but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them. Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs-everything good that Raleigh is not-but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother's last wish.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Some Assembly Required (345-08-30-2016)

1) The premise of a furniture store which I assume is modeled after IKEA is the gateway or purgatory after you die was highly original and enjoyable. The leads try to hold onto their humanity through eating, wearing new clothes and interacting with the living when needed. In fact there were times when I forgot the two were dead, they even have jobs which is something I hope isn't true after I die. Both men had issues lingering from past relationships, as most people do and they way they were handled in a skillful way that helped them to move forward. Both authors blended seamlessly and I couldn't tell where one ended and one began.

2) This was a nice story. The plot was different from any I have read, and it was easy to follow. Something about the ending though. It never fully cleared up an important secondary character other than to share that he was aware of what was going on with the main character Patrick all along.

3) This was an interesting book. Instead of a ghost and a live person, these are both ghosts. One doesn't know he's dead (Benji), until quite into the story. The other ghost (Patrick) is a 'guide', a person who is supposed to help newly spirits move on to their final destination. They didn't count on falling in love, though. And while Patrick insists he doesn't deserve to pass on, he tries to guide Benji to leave the store where they all gather, a sort of Purgatory, as they call it.  Well written and quite entertaining..

Some Assembly Required by Bru Baker and Lex Chase
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634768094
ISBN-13: 978-1634768092
Amazon: Some Assembly Required
Amazon Kinlde: Some Assembly Required

Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat-even though he's allergic-because his ex's new place doesn't accept pets. He's always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.

Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.

When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji's relentless optimism chips away at Patrick's sarcasm, making him question if there's something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture-there's always some assembly required.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain (353-08-30-2016)

I've loved every book I've read of Ms. Lain's. I read this series back to back and loved every single story. Ms. Lain's has the magic of involving the reader, wrapping them in a cloud soft pillow. This book didn't disappoint. It was as good as the previous ones. Keep 'em coming, Tara!

Lord of a Thousand Steps (Love in Laguna #4) by Tara Lain
Gay Contemporary Romance
Series: Love in Laguna
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 31, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634776658
ISBN-13: 978-1634776653
Amazon: Lord of a Thousand Steps (Love in Laguna #4)
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A Love in Laguna Novel

To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico's in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn't had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden's life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who's trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian--even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.

When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a "friends with benefits" fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an "old guy" who didn't come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It'll only take a thousand steps.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bayou Fairy Tale by Lex Chase (371-09-02-2016)

This book was such a joy to read with its wonderful cast of characters and meticulous world building. The fairytale characters we know and love have been given so much more depth with backstories of their own that extend way beyond the simple tales I grew up with as a child. Mix with a well crafted plot peppered with both humour and darkness and you have an absolute gem of a book.

Bayou Fairy Tale (Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy #2) by Lex Chase
Gay Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613727941
ISBN-13: 978-1613727942
Amazon: Bayou Fairy Tale (Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy #2)
Amazon Kindle: Bayou Fairy Tale (Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy #2)

Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy: Book Two

A Fairy Tales of the Open Road Novel

Modern day fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: he’s Sleeping Beauty, the most useless princess in existence. Throw in his true love, Corentin Devereaux, a huntsman descended from child-eating witches, and Taylor’s younger brother, Atticus―this generation’s Snow White―who tried to kill him. That didn’t go so hot.

For two years, Taylor and Corentin live their Happily Ever After. But Corentin is cursed to lose his memory every seven days, including his life with Taylor―a painful reminder that he can’t provide for the man he loves. Taylor insists Corentin has the strength to succeed, and when Taylor discovers a way to break the curse, he is more than willing to pay the cost.

When an enchanted blizzard devastates Corentin’s hometown of New Orleans, Taylor is convinced Atticus is to blame and grows desperate to find him amid the Big Easy turned frozen wasteland. Corentin believes Taylor is chasing a ghost while he chases the ghosts of his own past. Old tensions scratch open scars, leaving both to wonder if they have each other’s best interests at heart. The clock is ticking until Corentin loses his memory and the rabbit hole goes so deep they may never come out.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Risking the Wild Places by Shannon West (291-08-16-2016)

I think I want to read the other books in the series… Book 1: Mate of the Tyger Prince and book 2: Dark Side.

Risking the Wild Places (Mate of the Tyger Prince #3) by Shannon West
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press (August 15, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Risking the Wild Places (Mate of the Tyger Prince #3)

Former Lycan general, Renard Dmitru, is the newly appointed Head of Law Enforcement on Lycanus, trying his best to clean up an illegal love slave operation on one of his planet’s moons. He has set up a sting operation to capture the slavers and put them all in jail for a very long time. But now that the long war between the Axis and the Alliance has ended, Prince Anarr of Tygeria has time on his hands and nothing much to do except train for battles that may never come. He dreams of adventure and longs to leave his boring life behind. When he gets the chance to go on a rescue mission, he jumps at it, and lands in hot water when he's mistakenly arrested for illegal slavery.

As General Dmitru fights an overwhelming attraction to the young prince, he accidentally compromises the innocent, sheltered young royal and soon discovers he has to make things right with the young man’s father, King Davos of Tygeria. Not to mention placating his furious mate, the royal consort Blake. Add in a gloomy, decaying settlement on a deserted moon, creepy, dark subterranean passages, ghostly apparitions, heroes, romance, and even a damsel in distress, and it’s a recipe for the most rousing adventure of the series yet!

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blurred Lines by K.D. Williamson (305-08-22-2016)

Excellent character development. Story held my interest throughout and loved the writing style.

Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs #1) by K.D. Williamson
Lesbian Romantic Suspence
Series: Cops and Docs
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag; 1 edition (February 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955334937
ISBN-13: 978-3955334932
Amazon: Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs #1)
Amazon Kindle: Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs #1)

Kelli McCabe is a no nonsense detective with a tough exterior. Only a select few know her as a loyal, loving friend. Committed to her family, her friends, and her job, Kelli puts her needs behind everyone else's.As a surgeon, Nora Whitmore is used to being in control. The hospital is her life and leaves room for little else. Respected by her colleagues, but misunderstood by the residents, Nora takes what she needs and keeps everyone at arm's length. In the process, she creates unexpected enemies.Tragedy brings them together. As chaos grows around them, the lines between them begin to blur. Despite being from different worlds, friendship grows between them, turning quickly to attraction. Will these two strong, independent women find a way to deal with their individual baggage? Or will they be overcome by it?

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