November 17th, 2017

andrew potter

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Glamour Thieves (Blue Unicorn #1) Don Allmon


1) This story is like an erotic Fast & Furious/Bladerunner Fantasy type read. The writing style is different, which is a good break from the same-old- same formula, and it’s a fast read. But Orcs? This one kept bringing up visuals from ‘The Lord of the Rings,” which ruined my connection to the central character JT. I think it would come down to a matter of taste.
2) 10’s across the board for the Glamour Thieves— Don Allmon builds a world that you can feel in your blood stream, characters you’ve always known in bodies you wished you’d imagined. Flawlessly realized, poignant, painful, full of wonder— and ultimately of hope, I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next installment.

The Glamour Thieves (Blue Unicorn #1) Don Allmon
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Series: Blue Unicorn (Book 1)
Paperback
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626496161
ISBN-13: 978-1626496163
Amazon: The Glamour Thieves (Blue Unicorn #1) Don Allmon

JT is an orc on the way up. He's got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He's even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.

Then Austin shows up, and the elf's got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He's also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.

Soon JT's up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain't just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with
JT--this time as more than just a friend--and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Fangs Like Me Lyssa Dering


1) I totally bought the relationship between Lane & Parker, (Vampire & Wolf). The story, as a whole, was okay, but not full of the fire as I expected. The ending, not so much. It seemed like there was so much more to it.

Fangs Like Me Lyssa Dering
Bisexual - Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (March 9, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945952733
ISBN-13: 978-1945952739
Amazon: Fangs Like Me Lyssa Dering

Lane, a newborn vampire, still feels the pain of betrayal. Two years ago, a faithless boyfriend took his life, and now, Lane’s Maker has also left him behind. The pain of separation burns strong when all Lane wants are arms to hold him and enough warm blood to satisfy his voracious appetite. At a shifter party, Lane is drawn to a hunky Alpha werewolf who tries to console him. Parker is more than a thoughtless hookup. Since his family disowned him for finding boys just as hot as girls, all he wants is someone to love and look after. The sweet little vamp calls to his protective instincts, but he sure is jumpy. Cuddling with boys is new and delicious, but when this boy also wants him as a food source, things get complicated. Vampires and shifters aren’t supposed to get along, and Parker’s rough dominance triggers bad memories for Lane. But Parker’s wolf wants Lane, and he knows he can give Lane what he needs. Can Lane learn to navigate his past and give the thing growing between them a chance? Or will the very real possibilities of heartache, abandonment, and even death, keep them apart?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Once Bitten Kate Owen


1) This one has a fast pace, but it’s a long read. The gender-swap element was something new for werewolves, but was easily acceptable. Lots of drama mixed with various supernatural elements. I will admit, the coolest part is that the story was set in Dallas.

Once Bitten Kate Owen
Bisexual - Paranormal Romance
Series: Once Bitten
Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (February 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620049767
ISBN-13: 978-1620049761
Amazon: Once Bitten Kate Owen

Izzy Konnig has everything: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a house in the trendy part of town, and Emma, a beautiful girlfriend who requires no commitment. Then one night Emma accidentally bites her, and Izzy Konnig finds herself turning into a werewolf. Panicked, Izzy bolts, only to be grabbed by a gang of rival wolves and forced into an underground fighting ring. If she wants to return to the life she loves, it's going to take everything she's got—and more.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Elemental Hope (Warlocks #2) L.M. Somerton


1) I remember these characters from “Elemental Love” from last year’s submission. The sex part was much more detailed, and did slow my connection to the story for a minute. (Not a fan of erotica). Adding the witches was a nice touch even though their powers were only mentioned and not shown.

Elemental Hope (Warlocks #2) L.M. Somerton
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Series: Warlocks
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (August 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786863030
ISBN-13: 978-1786863034
Amazon: Elemental Hope (Warlocks #2) L.M. Somerton

A warlock’s blood gives him life. It can also bring his death.

It’s no wonder Evrain Brookes, newly fledged warlock, is feeling the strain. A coven of power-hungry witches is after his blood. Literally. A psychotic warlock wants him dead. His godfather’s training regime is about as much fun as chewing on nettles and an overweight, scarily perceptive cat has moved into his house.

His boyfriend Dominic yearns for a normal life, or at least a safer one. He accepts his role both as Evrain’s submissive partner and as the conduit through which he channels his gift—but he’s afraid for his lover, and the lengths Evrain’s enemies might go to in order to fulfill their lust for power.

When Evrain falls victim to a plot between the Octis Coven and malevolent warlock Symeon Malus, it’s up to Dominic to rescue him. With the help of the two other North American warlocks, Shadow the cat and an old enemy, Dominic takes steps to get his lover back. There’s a high price to pay and no guarantee that the risks he must take will work out but Evrain is worth going through hell for, even if it costs Dominic his life.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Parker Williams Runner


1) This was a great story about Matt, and Charlie. Matt has a difficult time adjusting to life based on a traumatic event from childhood which causes him to isolate himself from others, including family. Charlie is the mysterious runner who appears one day in Matt’s life. They each have issues and have flaws. Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road. He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life This is a great story of love with a character struggling though mental disorder.
2) This story sucked me in from the very beginning. If I had any complaints at all—I wished it had have been longer. I know it’ll be a story I’ll read more than once and be a story I buy for my kindle.

Parker Williams Runner
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635338107
ISBN-13: 978-1635338102
Amazon: Parker Williams Runner

Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road. 

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence— 

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.

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