November 25th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Selina Kray Stoker & Bash: The Fangs of Scavo


1) The last of the books I read, and it SERIOUSLY deserves an award!!! Not only did the writing take my breath away, but also the thrilling conflict, romance, and mystery kept me up at night. Complex characters Kip and Heiro are alive and well in my imagination ... and in my heart.
2) A Victorian romp with excellent historical details, action-adventure, and engrossing characters.
3) I had the pleasure of buying the book earlier in the year and was captivated by the characters and the plot. I am looking forward to reading more in the series.

Selina Kray Stoker & Bash: The Fangs of Scavo
Gay - Historical Romance
Series: Stoker & Bash (Book 1)
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Selina Kray; First edition edition (May 29, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995992517
ISBN-13: 978-0995992511
Amazon: Selina Kray Stoker & Bash: The Fangs of Scavo

At Scotland Yard, DI Timothy Stoker is no better than a ghost. A master of arcane documents and niggling details who, unlike his celebrity-chasing colleagues, prefers hard work to headlines. But an invisible man is needed to unmask the city’s newest amateur detective, Hieronymus Bash. A bon vivant long on flash and style but short on personal history, Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row finery. When the four fangs of the Demon Cats of Scavo—trophies that protect the hunters who killed the two vicious beasts—disappear one by one, Stoker's forced to team with the very man he was sent to investigate to maintain his cover. He finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums, spiritualist societies, man-eating lions, and a consulting detective with more ambition than sense. Will this case be the end of his career, or the start of an unexpected liaison? Or will the mysterious forces at play be the death of them both? And just who is Hieronymus Bash

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Jake C. Wallace A Chance for Us (New Vampire Justice #2)


1) A vampire PNR that's refreshingly different from other vampire romances. Well-developed characters and an engaging - if emotionally charged - plot that kept me turning the pages. I want to read the next book in the series.  

Jake C. Wallace A Chance for Us (New Vampire Justice #2)
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Series: New Vampire Justice (Book 2)
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634777212
ISBN-13: 978-1634777216
Amazon: Jake C. Wallace A Chance for Us (New Vampire Justice #2)

New Vampire Justice: Book Two

Love between a young man with a broken mind and the jaded New Vampire Justice officer who cares for him might be the last hope to stop a human-vampire war….

Justin Masters is stuck in a nightmare. Waking after seven years in a catatonic state, he falls desperately in love with the straight NVJ officer who saved him. Between that and dreams of being tortured and taking pleasure in the pain, which bleed into his waking hours, Justin’s sure he’s starting to crack.

The growing unrest in the vampire world should be Max Kincaid’s focus, but Justin’s struggle, along with Max’s confusing feelings for his ward, have him reeling. When Justin’s attacked, his resulting needs might be more than Max can fulfill, but he’ll be damned if anyone else will touch Justin.

As the NVJ investigates humans missing from a high-end bite club, they uncover a deeper plot that traces back to Justin. If those who want him have their way, there will be bloodshed. Justin and Max are in a fight to save Justin not only from those who would use him, but from his own mind.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The One Thing I Know Keelan Ellis


1) Terry Blackwood is the quintessential bad boy rocker, right down to the physical expression of his angst. He's a bastard through and through and I expected to spend most of the book disliking him intensely. Then he made the very mature decision to woo not only Henry but the reader, by accepting his faults... and then turning around to address them. As happens in real life, the fix to his problems didn't come without effort, making him a truly likeable character by the end of the book. I really enjoyed Henry's journey as well, and the expression of just how terrifying it must have been to be himself in the 70s. I also enjoyed Ellis' idea of a talented musician who didn't need to "live the life."
2) One of the best books I've read all year. The characters developed and grew over time in a way few authors manage. 
3) Incredibly well-written and insightful, The One Thing I Know is a story of profound love, excruciating loss, and poignant redemption. Keelan Ellis's writing is terribly thought-provoking and emotion-wringing, all while it leaves you feeling whole. A highly recommended read.
4) I really enjoyed this book. The plot was fast paced and kept my attention. The dialogue real and the emotional struggle authintic

The One Thing I Know Keelan Ellis
Bisexual - Historical Romance
Paperback
Publisher: Ninestar Press, LLC (August 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1947139649
ISBN-13: 978-1947139640
Amazon: The One Thing I Know Keelan Ellis

Talented studio musician, Henry Cole, is offered the dream job of touring with popular rock band, the Vulgar Details. Things aren't all rosy, though, as he is hired to replace Dell Miller, creative force behind the band, who recently flamed-out in a car accident.

Henry is all too aware that he's no replacement for someone like Dell. He's not the only one who feels that way, either. Terry Blackwood, band front man, has been giving him a hard time even before the tour start. He seems to resent Henry's presence beyond all reason. What Henry doesn't know is that Terry and Dell's relationship was both intensely close and fraught with conflict.

Terry's grief over Dell's death is overwhelming and threatens to destroy not only the band but his life. It doesn't help that the new member of the band makes him feel things he doesn't want to. Worse, when he sings, Henry sounds just like the man Terry cared so deeply for.

With so much at stake, everything could come crashing down around them and mean the end for the Vulgar Details. Or, just maybe, Henry and Terry will find the one thing they need most.

Sometimes redemption comes from the last place you expect to find it.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A.M. Arthur Sound of Us (Us #2)


1) I'm not usually into M/M/M but I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship development in Sound of Us.

A.M. Arthur Sound of Us (Us #2)
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 4173 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Briggs-King Books (April 21, 2017)
Publication Date: April 21, 2017
Amazon: A.M. Arthur Sound of Us (Us #2)

Jake Bowden didn’t expect to be settling into a strong, loving relationship with another guy at only twenty-three years old—never mind with two. His chemistry with Cris is as strong as ever, while things with Charles are more like a simmer than a heavy boil. Charles says he’s perfectly content to go at Jake’s pace, but Jake isn’t sure slow is what he wants anymore. And when Jake wants something, he isn’t shy about going after it.

Cris Sable is head-over-heels in love with the two men in his life, and he’s vowed to do everything he can to protect the fragile, three-way relationship they’re cultivating—even if it means lying about his past. A dark past that resurfaces in an unexpected way and forces Cris to make the difficult choice between shielding Jake and Charles from it, or trusting them enough to help him face it head-on.

Charles Greenwood had forgotten what it felt like to be loved, until a feisty go-go boy and an ex-porn star fell into his bed, and then stole his heart away. He loves both men equally, but differently, slowly stoking the fire of the chemistry he shares with Jake, while passionately pursuing Cris—both in and out of bed. Their lives are entwining in the very best way…until Cris starts to pull away, distancing himself from the loving support of their triad. And after Cris disappears one night on a drunken bender, Charles vows to do whatever it takes to prove to Cris that he can trust them with anything—mind, body and spirit.

Three separate hearts will finally beat as one.

Note: This is the continuation of an m/m/m romance begun in Here For Us and is best read in order to fully enjoy the character and story development. The book also contains mild BDSM elements, including spanking.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Fear of Flying J.P. Bowie


1) How nice to read a different M/M story. Fast paced, great chemistry, and a really good read.

Fear of Flying J.P. Bowie
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 575 KB
Print Length: 259 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (September 19, 2017)
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Amazon: Fear of Flying J.P. Bowie

FROM POPULAR GAY ROMANCE AUTHOR J.P. BOWIE

When Adam meets Jack in an airport bar, suddenly the friendly skies become a whole lot more than just ‘friendly’.

Adam Ritchie is afraid of flying. So much so that as soon as he clears security in San Diego airport he heads straight for the bar. Only, on this day he meets Jack Brenner, a man who is about to change his life, perhaps forever. The two men bond over a drink. Adam explains his fear of flying, telling Jack that the only reason he is getting on a plane is to attend his twin brother’s wedding in Seattle. Jack offers to save him a seat next to him, so he can allay his fears through the takeoff and landing. Adam doesn’t expect Jack to also hold his hand, and really doesn’t expect a kiss from this attractive stranger, but isn’t about to refuse either one.

Jack proposes they meet again when they return to San Diego, but an impatient Jack shows up at Adam’s brother’s wedding and they take their mutual desire to the next level. When Adam returns home he looks forward to another date with Jack at the end of the week, but he must suddenly return to Seattle when a friend in distress calls for help.

Adam at first sees this as another opportunity to connect with Jack again, but sometimes thoughts and actions can be misunderstood and not everything always goes according to plan. Adam finds he must choose between loyalty to an old friend and the attraction he feels for a relative stranger.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: September Robert Winter


1) September was a very enjoyable read. I liked the realism that the author put into the age difference relationship. We were allowed to see the fears of both characters and how they worked to overcome those fears.
2) This is a nice sweet tale of two men. Brandon, a physical therapist, is young, living in D.C. after having moved from Texas. He hasn’t found Mister Right. Enter David—a corporate lawyer and a couple of decades older, who hasn’t dated in three years since his partner died of pancreatic cancer. David undergoes physical therapy for his shoulder, and a very tangible relationship unfolds, full of chemistry between the two. Robert Winter has written a tantalizing May-December romance. This is a story that would’ve been five stars if for a few quirky POV issues hadn’t cropped up and some editing issues. The secondary characters could’ve been flushed out more, adding complexity to their roles, but it’s a great story for any reader who loves male-male romance. Yes, a recommend for me.

September Robert Winter
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Pride and Joy
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 9, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163533117X
ISBN-13: 978-1635331172
Amazon: September Robert Winter

A Pride and Joy novel

David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.

But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special.

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