November 24th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A Way with Words (Memories with The Breakfast Club)


1) This is a story about a closeted man, Tony, who comes from a large Italian family. Tony is attracted to Remy, a musician, who is portrayed as patient and understanding as Tony struggles through his issues of dealing with his sexuality. It’s a sweet HEA story. 

A Way with Words (Memories with The Breakfast Club) Lane Hayes
Gay - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 2483 KB
Print Length: 191 pages
Publisher: Kindle Worlds (June 20, 2017)
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Amazon: A Way with Words (Memories with The Breakfast Club) Lane Hayes

Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.

Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy by playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but he knows keeping him will require courage. And truth.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Walking by Faith (Faith #2) A.M. Leibowitz


1) Definitely not your normal HEA sweet romance. This is gay fiction, with a lot of angst, and conflict. The story deals with issues of shame, depression, HIV, death and the overall theme of the societal treatment of homosexuality. My biggest peeve in this story is that the flashbacks tended to detract from the overall story. Also, there could have been better delivery of the love story between Cat and David. What separates the really great writers from the good writer, in my humble opinion, is in the treatment of secondary characters. In this story, I felt that the character, Micah, wasn’t completely fleshed out. In a short story, or novella, this could be forgiven, but not in a book that is over 200 pages! Despite the critiques, I’ve given, I give kudos for tackling the substance and the material. 

Walking by Faith (Faith #2) A.M. Leibowitz
Gay - Contemporary General Fiction
Series: Faith (Book 2)
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC (November 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944591052
ISBN-13: 978-1944591052
Amazon: Walking by Faith (Faith #2) A.M. Leibowitz

For Becket "Cat" Rowland, falling in love has never been easy. The summer he meets Micah Forbes, the intensity of his feelings brings back all the memories of eight years earlier.

Following a brutal attack that left him nearly dead, Cat is a mess inside and out. To cope with the trauma and with his view of himself that he's nothing but an empty shell, he's taken three vows: simplicity, chastity, and silence. His once colorful, trendy, and often feminine wardrobe has been replaced with jeans and t-shirts, and he's sworn off men. He locks himself away from the world, using the memorized prayers of his childhood as his only speech.

Cat is lost to himself and everyone around him until another hospitalization introduces him to nurse David Simms. David takes Cat's silence in stride, caring for him without pushing and slowly building Cat's trust.

Outside the hospital, Cat discovers he has more in common with David than he knew, and they begin to build a friendship. As it slowly grows into love, David reveals his own need for someone to take him as he is. Cat begins to let go of his vows one by one, only holding onto the silence.

Despite how far he's come, Cat's increasingly severe panic attacks threaten to undo everything David has helped him build. Cat's only hope is to break the final vow and tell the truth about the night of his attack. When David fails to keep a promise he made to be there for him, Cat has to stand on his own and prove to himself he's strong enough to survive.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Christina E. Pilz Oliver & Jack: On The Isle Of Dogs


1) Excellent historical detail, strong writing and vivid settings in an engaging Victorian love story continuing the lives of two Charles Dickens characters.  

Christina E. Pilz Oliver & Jack: On The Isle Of Dogs
Gay - Historical Romance
Series: Oliver & Jack
Paperback: 452 pages
Publisher: Blue Rain Press; 1 edition (September 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942809948
ISBN-13: 978-1942809944
Amazon: Christina E. Pilz Oliver & Jack: On The Isle Of Dogs

The love between an orphan and his pickpocket is tested beyond endurance when they return to London and are hunted down by their darkest enemy. This is the continuing love story of Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger.

Cruelly rejected by their families, Oliver and Jack brave the dangers they left behind to return to London, and take residence at the Three Cripples. The bedsit they share is small and riddled with bed bugs, but what does that matter when there is always cool beer on tap and the diversions of London are spread out before them?

Jack returns to picking pockets while Oliver works in the tavern, struggling against the endless tide of dirt and the loss of everything he thought he stood for.

Amidst their happiness and plans for the future, Workmaster Chalenheim kidnaps them, sexually assaults Jack, and leaves them both for dead. Will Oliver and Jack's love for each other prove stronger than hate?

On The Isle of Dogs is the fifth book in Christina E. Pilz's Oliver & Jack series, a gay historical romance. If you enjoy unlikely heroes and love overcoming dark times, then you'll love Oliver & Jack: On The Isle Of Dogs.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Swift for the Sun Karen Bovenmyer


1) This was a fantastic book that was so vivid I almost felt like I was actually there in the story.
2) This was an interesting story. I liked the way the characters grow during the story. A must for those that like historicals.
3) An engrossing tale of survival and love against the backdrop of slavery, freedom, and the search for happiness.

Swift for the Sun Karen Bovenmyer
Gay - Historical Romance
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 27, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634777638
ISBN-13: 978-1634777636
Amazon: Swift for the Sun Karen Bovenmyer

Benjamin Lector imagines himself a smuggler, a gunrunner, and an all-around scoundrel. A preacher’s son turned criminal, first and foremost he is a survivor.

When Benjamin is shipwrecked on Dread Island, fortune sends an unlikely savior—a blond savage who is everything Benjamin didn’t know he needed. Falling in love with Sun is easy. But pirates have come looking for the remains of Benjamin’s cargo, and they find their former slave Sun instead.

Held captive by the pirates, Benjamin learns the depths of Sun’s past and the horrors he endured and was forced to perpetrate. Together, they must not only escape, but prevent a shipment of weapons from making its way to rebellious colonists. Benjamin is determined to save the man he loves and ensure that a peaceful future together is never threatened again. To succeed might require the unthinkable—an altruistic sacrifice.

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