November 23rd, 2017

andrew potter

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Jack Ladd Oscar Down Under #1


1) This book was amazing! I felt like I was there with the characters. I can't wait for book 2. 
2) This was a wonderful read. Chapter 1 is told in the 'near future', while the rest is told in the past. Twelve years ago to be exact. It tells and teaches us a good lesson on how miserable we can be when we are selfish and self-centered with Oscar's life in shambles from a young age. Then, the last chapter shows us the Oscar after he'd learned a hard lesson and what he's become afterward. Well written and quite entertaining. 

Jack Ladd Oscar Down Under #1
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 1541 KB
Print Length: 211 pages
Publication Date: August 23, 2017
Amazon: Jack Ladd Oscar Down Under #1

Oscar Down Under Part One is the first in Jack Ladd's series following Oscar, a young, jaded gay guy living in London, England, who doesn't know how to love. This is the story of why he became so closed and uncaring, and how, in a land far, far away, he learns to open his heart.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Uncommon Ground (Aliens in New York #1) Kelly Jensen


1) Uncommon Ground is a unique twist on the 'aliens among us' theme.  It comes across as completely plausible, even matter-of-fact.  You don't have to suspend your disbelief about how the world currently works for it to be true.  The passion between the two main characters could have used more discussion, and more fleshing out about themselves individually, but it didn't distract so much as it would have augmented if it had been there.  Each plot twist fit into the story arc, but still gave a feeling of "oh that's new and cool" along with "that makes sense."  I don't think this about most books, but this would make an excellent television series.

Uncommon Ground (Aliens in New York #1) Kelly Jensen
Gay - Sci-Fi / Futuristic
File Size: 4637 KB
Print Length: 147 pages
Publisher: Kindle Worlds (June 20, 2017)
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Amazon: Uncommon Ground (Aliens in New York #1) Kelly Jensen

Dillon Lee’s grandfather was a conspiracy theorist. Every summer he’d take Dillon on a tour of New York City while entertaining him with tales of aliens. Fifteen years later, after a phone call from a lawyer, Dillon is carrying his grandfather’s ashes from landmark to landmark, paying a sort of tribute, and trying to figure out what to do with his unexpected legacy. When someone tries to steal the ashes, a guy Dillon has barely met leaps to the rescue, saving the urn and the day.

Steilang Skovgaard is a reclusive billionaire—and not human. He’s been living in Manhattan for over twenty years, working on a long-term plan to establish a safe haven for his people. For seven years, his reports have gone unanswered, however, and he is the only surviving member of his interstellar team. The connection he forms with Dillon soon after meeting him is something he’s missed, something he craves.

But after someone keeps trying to steal the ashes, it looks as though Dillon’s grandfather was involved in more than theories—and might not have been exactly who everyone thought he was. Steilang doesn’t know how close he can get to the truth without revealing himself, and Dillon is running out of people to trust. Can these two work out what’s going on before the thieves set their sights higher?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Tal Bauer Hush


1) This was another good read by this author and I will look forward to finding more to read.
2)  Tal Bauer has written a magnificent story filled with political intrigue, nonstop action, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride.
3) This book had everything I love in a story. Action, drama, intrigue and, of course, hot guys! It was well written, well researched and simply a wonderful read!  I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes this type of story.

Tal Bauer Hush
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: Independently published (July 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1521946493
ISBN-13: 978-1521946497
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A federal judge running from the truth. A U.S. marshal running from his past. A trial that can plunge the world into war. Federal Judge Tom Brewer is finally putting the pieces of his life back together. In the closet for twenty-five long years, he’s climbing out slowly, and, with the hope of finding a special relationship with the stunning Mike Lucciano, U.S. Marshal assigned to his D.C. courthouse. He wants to be out and proud, but he can’t erase his own past, and the lessons he learned long ago. But a devastating terrorist attack in the heart of DC, and the subsequent capture and arrest of the terrorist, leads to a trial that threatens to expose the dark underbelly of America’s national security. As Russia beats the drums of war, intent on seeking revenge, and the United States struggles to contain the storm before it races out of control, secrets and lies, past and present, collide in Judge Tom Brewer’s courtroom. With the world’s attention fixed on Tom and this case, he suddenly discovers he may be the only person who can put everything together in time to stop the spark of a new world war.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: K'Anne Meinel Pirated Heart


1) This is the sequel to Pirated and chronicles the healing of a marriage between the sea captain, Tina, and her wife Clare, after a serious schism. The historical and nautical details are excellent as well as the character development. The one quibble is the author’s insistence on another cliffhanger ending which feels manipulative.  

K'Anne Meinel Pirated Heart
Lesbian - Historical Romance
Series: Pirated
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Shadoe Publishing (May 16, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1546702237
ISBN-13: 978-1546702238
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~A swashbuckling good time~ From China to India to Africa and home to England…Will the love that Bettina Carmichaels shares with her wife, Claire, stand the test of time? Will it even last the second year of marriage? Trading, pirating, sword fights, sea battles, near drownings, and imprisonment…a sailor’s life may not be for all. Come along as Tina, also known as ‘Black Betty,’ and Claire attempt to repair their failing marriage and survive sailing on the high seas…

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