November 17th, 2016

andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Building Bonds + Safe Limits (268-08-13-2016)

I absolutely loved these books. If you get books 3&4 I'd love to read them too. The story flowed Smoothly and totally drew me into the men's lives. The subs grew out of their tragic past and started to overcome the abuse delt to them and the Doms were really loving and patient.

Building Bonds + Safe Limits (2 novellas as 1 submission) by Morticia Knight
Gay Erotic Romance

Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather #1)
Series: Kiss of Leather
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (August 11, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784307122
ISBN-13: 978-1784307127
Amazon: Building Bonds (Kiss of Leather #1)
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Kyle’s a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what he’s been missing.

After Kyle’s partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy, early-thirties carpenter needs to do a major reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one to help him pay the lease on his Los Angeles condo, he worries how he’ll survive. His best friend sets up a meeting with one of the Doms and partners at Kiss of Leather, a gay BDSM club being built as a premier destination for those who want the best of the best.

Master Gavin not only wants the best—he demands it. When he meets Kyle, he assumes that part of the builder’s reticence to share anything personal with him must be due to his experiences with an abusive former Master. Not one to back down from a challenge, Gavin determines to break through the walls surrounding the beautiful man he can’t get out of his mind. He’s hopeful that once he convinces Kyle to sign an initial contract, Kyle might be the first sub to open up his heart.

Misunderstandings and accusations almost destroy everything between them before they have a real chance to begin. However, the true obstacle becomes not only whether Kyle will embrace BDSM as a lifestyle, but also whether he can handle a full-time D/s relationship with a big, bad, scary Dom who’s as sexy as hell.

Safe Limits (Kiss of Leather #2)
Series: Kiss of Leather
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (December 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784309354
ISBN-13: 978-1784309350
Amazon: Safe Limits (Kiss of Leather #2)
Amazon Kindle: Safe Limits (Kiss of Leather #2)

The men from Kiss of Leather gather together to rescue a terrified young sub. But it’s Master Derek who wants to keep him for good.

Master Gavin and his boy, Kyle, are celebrating their newly established bond when Master Josh calls requesting their help. Josh’s sub, David, needs the men to help his best friend from childhood while they’re away at a BDSM convention in San Francisco.

Corey ran away from his Master after a horrible scene, but he blames himself for everything that happened. No Master would ever want him if they were to find out what he did. Corey’s not sure if he’ll ever feel safe enough to give himself to a Master again anyway, even if all he’s ever wanted was to belong to somebody.

Master Derek agrees to watch over Corey until Josh and David return from the convention. All he needs is another pretty twink messing with his head and his heart, so the older, growly bear of a man determines to keep his distance. But when Corey wakes up screaming after a devastating nightmare, Derek is more drawn than ever to the young sub—the need to keep Corey safe from whatever or whoever has hurt him becoming his main priority.

Kyle and Corey develop a friendship when Corey assists Kyle in the dungeon furniture workshop. Kyle has his own fears—the ones that make him feel he’s broken because of the things he desires to do with Gavin. Through helping Kyle and receiving his own help via Derek, Corey decides he’s ready to let go of the demons from his past and move forward into a new life.

Now if Corey can only get Derek to believe that he’s ready—and to finally do something about it.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane (329-08-26-2016)

1) Rough, gritty, real, two men who are polar opposites come together in a clash of wills but with the same objective - justice. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The characters, Ellery and Jackson jump off the page at you, so real and vibrant and hot! Excellent. My only gripe - it ended before I was ready to let it go.

2) Fish out of Water has to be one of the best crime stories I've had the pleasure of reading or watching. The action was fast paced, the procedures were believable and given just enough detail, and the characters--their relationships, their histories, their spirits--were utterly compelling. I enjoyed every word.

Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634773780
ISBN-13: 978-1634773782
Amazon: Fish Out of Water
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PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights and he doesn t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.

Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach and deep into Jackson s troubled past.

Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they ll have to deal with their personal complications and an attraction that s spiraled out of control. "

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Re-Inventing Love by Storm Grant (135-06-05-2016)

Re-Inventing Love was an entertaining and engaging read. The characters were very endearing and I loved Max's distinctive voice. Storm created a very credible world and I was transported there every time I picked the book up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Re-Inventing Love by Storm Grant
Gay Historical
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC (April 21, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Re-Inventing Love

Engineer and assistant inventor,Maximilian Grun is in love with his employer, but he daren't reveal the truth. It's 1910 and if Canadian authorities learned of his homosexuality, they'd deport him back to Germany where the country of his birth would become the country of his death.

When promising young inventor and mathematician,Dr. Jasper Hamilton expresses his own feelings for Max, the young German regretfully declines. He cannot risk their partnership, their reputations—their very lives!

Then a rival inventor sabotages their inventions. Jasper is caught between the physical and the metaphysical, reduced to atoms, and transported to the spirit plane! Max is devastated, deeply regretting his lost chances.

But Jasper manages to communicate across the aether, telling Max he must reverse the machine's polarity. But without Jasper's talent for mathematics, the calculations defeat Max.

Can the would-be lovers bridge the gap between life and death to finally be together?When a ghastly lab accident blows a respected inventor away, his loyal assistant must devise a way to bridge the gap between the planes of existence to reunite them in life and in love.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Deluge by Vincent Meis (189-07-21-2016)

1) The connection between Byron and Lamar has always been Thomas, and it's through him that they both achieve redemption. The book is narrated from the third person point of view, first from Byron, then from Lamar. It deals with race relations in the deep south and masterfully touches all the aspects from the late seventies to today. Lamar's grandmother had taught him that: ""Whites are uncomfortable with the white man being free. They can be pretty nasty. But black men in authority think they got something to prove and in the wink of an eye can turn dangerous. If any officer, particularly a black one, stops you, remember your 'yes sirs' even if it kills you to say it. It might kill you if you don't."" The character development is flawless and masterful. The characters come out of the book frame and talk to the reader. It almost feels like you're there with them. I had some trouble with my e-book edition. On page 121 there were spelling errors and repetitive sentences and incorrect grammar. They happened a bit later in the text. I hope someone gets to correct this. This was indeed a masterful book and a great read. Highly recommend it.

2) This is a great story set in Mississippi and set in initially in a homophobic town. The prose is beautiful. Although there were some typos in one area, it was a very well developed story where the characters are very three dimensional and very moving.

Deluge by Vincent Meis
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 438 pages
Publisher: Fallen Bros Press (July 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997672803
ISBN-13: 978-0997672800
Amazon: Deluge
Amazon Kindle: Deluge

When a young white man in high school, becomes involved with a black football star, the relationship leads to disastrous results in a small town in Mississippi. It is the early 1980’s and racism and homophobia are very much alive. In Book One of the novel, Byron struggles with revenge, redemption, and the sexuality that always seems to lead to pain. In Book Two, a young black man wonders about the mystery surrounding the uncle he never knew. Lamar’s struggles have to do with avoiding the pitfalls that often befall black youth, complicated by the fact that he is a Katrina refugee in Oakland and must deal with his own fluid sexuality. The story is revealed through the two characters, one white, one black, one rich, one poor. Their lives and families become entwined, and ultimately new families are formed. The experiences of the characters reflect the issues surrounding race and sexuality in the last thirty years in the U.S.

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