November 25th, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards: The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue (150-06-15-2016)

1) What a wonderful story this was to read. I wish I'd read the first book, though, to get Will's and Beau's story as it started. William is to be married to a woman chosen by his father. In a moment of panic, he runs away with no money and modest clothes his footman has gathered for him since he didn't want to look like the rich man he was. He goes to work for a Lord who is a drunk, laudanum addict, and foul mouth. The Lord, Alex, is also injured and the servants at his home don't give a damn, thus the cuts on his legs becoming infected. Will takes care of the man, not listening when Alex yells at him to get out of his home. Eventually, Alex acknowledges Will's presence and allows him to care for him. Of course, their attraction grows deeper, stronger. Will suspects Alex is being robbed by his bookkeeper and won't give up until he finds the truth and expose those involved. Very engaging story, keeping me flipping the ePages and feeling sorry when it was over.

2) A truly engaging historical romance. I was drawn into the story from the first page. The writing flowed and the pacing was perfect. A very enjoyable read.

3) This book captured me from the beginning and I could not tear myself away from it. The conflicts are universal and timeless, but at the same time, the attention to details of the time are amazing. I could see Alex and Will and feel their pain. A great novel.

The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue
Gay Historical
Publisher: Victoria Sue (June 20, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: The Innocent Betrayal

London 1811
Can love withstand the ultimate betrayal?
William was running. Running from his father, running from his arranged marriage, and running from himself. He’d never wanted to manage his father’s vast empire. He would have been quite happy to find some small corner of England and read and paint. He knew it would be too much to ask for the company of a man to go with that. Too dangerous. His only hope for escape is to hide who and what he is and pretend to be a servant.
Alex was barely surviving after the fight with Napoleon’s armies. Riddled with guilt, he buried the knowledge of his wife’s death, and his crippled body, at the bottom of whatever brandy bottle he could find.
Two broken souls. One so damaged he thinks he doesn’t deserve love, and one so convinced he would never find it he has stopped looking.
Danger, lies, and espionage. The fate of hundreds of English soldier’s lives depending on them to trust each other, to work together.
Alex is forced to make a choice, unable to swallow his pride and rejects Will and their chance of happiness. Will is heartbroken, and Alex is destroyed. Will Alex realize his mistake in time? Can he learn to trust Will, but more importantly himself, and would Will ever forgive him if he did? And finally, would love ever survive a betrayal – even if it is an innocent one?

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Staged by Kim Fielding (197-07-24-2016)

A fantastic addition to the Belonging 'Verse! The plot alone turns the pages. Fielding's characters add wonderful depth and emotion, humility and an interesting role reversal. I really wasn't sure it would all work out in the end! I also learned a lot more about this alternate universe, which leaves me wanting more stories.

Staged by Kim Fielding
Gay Alternative Universe/Reality
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Anglerfish Press (July 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494665
ISBN-13: 978-1626494664
Amazon: Staged
Amazon Kindle: Staged

Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.

Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.

A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Rhodri's Rangers by Etienne (285-08-16-2016)

A real sci-fi saga, therefore I was glad to see it in the right category, and not on the romance ones. That said the romance is there, therefore I suggested readers searching for it to not overlook this one.

Rhodri's Rangers: Searching For Us by Etienne
Gay Sci-fi / Futuristic
Publication Date: November 27, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Rhodri's Rangers: Searching For Us

Rhodri’s Rangers are the best military force in the universe. They are escorting a group of scientists to an archaeological site on a remote planet. The seemingly simple task turns out to be anything but that, when they encounter a previously unknown enemy.

Along the way to the planet, fresh recruits familiarize themselves with life in the Rangers. Seasoned officers form new partnerships while others renew old ties. And there may be some on the mission with agendas all their own. In the end, Rhodri’s Ranger will stand true to their motto—“We take care of our own.”

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A Heart's Desire by Kris Michaels (294-08-17-2016)

This is a nice read. Narrated from the third person point of view of the two main characters the plot flows wonderfully. Characters come out of the page and become very real. The intimate scenes work very well. I suppose my only complaint is that the books get a bit soapy for my taste. I enjoyed the read and I recommend the book highly.

A Heart's Desire by Kris Michaels
Gay Romantic Suspence
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Troll River Publications; 1 edition (June 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939564832
ISBN-13: 978-1939564832
Amazon: A Heart's Desire
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Agent McKenzie is nobody’s ‘yes’ boy and has the letters of reprimand to prove it. He smells the stink of political maneuvering in this case and he can see the handwriting on the wall. Hell, the words are three feet high and written in crayon. Someone in his own agency wants a target on Liam Mercier’s back but McKenzie would be damned if he’d put one there. The damaged man currently in his custody needs his protection, not manipulation. That’s why he’d agreed to use a safe house that was off the grid. Throwing away his rarely used FBI procedure book had nothing to do with the protective urges he felt around Liam. Nope, not a damn thing to do with heavy doses of desire, or spikes of lust. He was just doing his job, after all, he has a killer to catch and a victim to keep alive. Protecting his best bet of taking that sick bastard down was his civic duty. Forced to face the nightmares of his past or lose his pension, Liam Mercier did the only thing he could do. He walked back into his personal hell. The man assigned to protect him is everything Liam wanted and needed—four years ago. Leaving the small island of sanity he’d been existing on could cost him everything. But being hunted by a genius, sadistic killer without the protection of the sexy, intense, agent was a guaranteed death sentence. Fate had dictated Liam’s course four years ago. The only thing he questioned was when his killer going to finish his work.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: 6 Days To Get Lucky by L.E. Franks (308-08-23-2016)

The two novellas together are funny and touching. Plot was developed in a congrous way having reader turn page after page to see what was happening. Also well developed characters perfect pairing for the plot.

6 Days To Get Lucky by L.E. Franks
Gay Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Wilde City Press (March 7, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: 6 Days To Get Lucky

Mixologist Nick Valentine never thought love was in the cards, but after a scorching Valentine’s Day kiss from bouncer Davis “FatBoy” Newman, he’s beginning to think it’s possible. After four weeks of dry spell, Nick’s losing patience—it’s time FatBoy stop acting the gentleman and just throw him over the bar or Nick may just change his mind.

All FatBoy wants is a shot at winning Nick’s heart. As long as meddling bosses, an Irish hurling team and a bar riot don’t ruin his chances forever, he might just get lucky and take the man of his dreams, home.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Nature of Fragments (322-08-26-2016)

Nice use of language and imagery. A strong poetic voice.

The Nature of Fragments by Katie Bennett-Hall
Lesbian Poetry
Publication Date: July 3, 2016
Amazon Kindle: The Nature of Fragments

The Nature of Fragments is an exciting debut short collection of poetry that explores the interface of physics and the physical, and a little bit of the political with contemporary poems questioning love, life and beyond.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Where I'll Be Waiting by Monika De Giorgi (326-08-26-2016)

1) A lovely story, with twists and turns that kept me hooked.

2) Haunting and unique.

Where I'll Be Waiting by Monika De Giorgi
Gay Alternative Universe/Reality
Publisher: eXtasy Books (June 8, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: Where I'll Be Waiting

Jesse meets a wonderful guy who is caring, attentive, lovable, and handsome to boot. Unfortunately, the only time he sees Cameron is in his dreams—dreams that are never flimsy and fast forgotten in the morning, but feel very real. And the longer they go on, the more palpable they feel to Jesse.

But what happens when these dreams have a bigger and bigger impact on Jesse’s daily life? When they begin to take a toll on him and make it harder to wake up every day? And what if they turn into nightmares and Jesse can’t get out anymore, if he never wakes up?

One day Cameron finds a heartbreaking poem in a small notebook, hidden in a used book. From the first time he reads it, the handwritten words resonate somewhere deep within him and when he goes to sleep that night, he meets Jesse for the first time—a sad young man who makes Cam want to give him reasons to smile and a shoulder to cry on. From that night on, Jesse is a nightly visitor in Cameron’s dreams.

But what happens when Cameron finds out that his Jesse is very much real? And what if a sinister presence takes hold of their shared dreams and Cameron wakes up? Can he get back to Jesse? Or will Jesse stay back forever in this dreamscape turned nightmare?

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2016 Rainbow Awards Cover Contest

For the rush phase to December 8, I reduced the covers to the top 100, those covers which received more than 50 votes. Below the top 10. Everyone can vote again, I will delete only the more than triple votes, not the double or triple votes, therefore go and vote again if you have already. At today we have 16.234 valid votes in total. And continue to vote until the end nothing has been written out! http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/covers.php


























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