November 26th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) Melanie Hansen


1) This is a great continuation of the Rylan and Scott's story. One does need to read the first book, though, or this one will be confusing since the first book relates the beginning of this couple's life.) Once again, it was well written, filled with excitement, great drama, and hot, loving sex. The characters are likable (or not, depending who you look at), Rylan and Scott's relationship heartbreaking at times, filled with so much pain from their past. I'm so glad that in the end, they got their HEA. Well done!

See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) Melanie Hansen
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (April 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945952962
ISBN-13: 978-1945952968
Amazon: See My Words (Spectrum Nights #2) Melanie Hansen

Successful underwear model Scott Ashworth is lucky—his attack at the hands of an unknown assailant will leave no visible scars. His professional goals are still within reach, and best of all, his stepbrother Rylan Mahoney is back in his life, their teenage infatuation at last getting the chance to deepen into something more. Thrown together by the circumstances of Scott's injury, Rylan's long-dormant feelings for him are quickly rekindled, though he's haunted by the memory of Scott's disappearance on the night of his eighteenth birthday and the six missing years that followed. Rylan pushes Scott for the truth, a firm believer in the maxim that secrets lose their power once they're shared—but resurrecting old demons almost always comes with a price. Before Scott knows it, his life is spiraling out of control, his toxic insecurities welling up to threaten the fragile relationship he's building with Rylan. Learning to let go of the past and believe in himself will be Scott's greatest challenge, or else he risks losing Rylan forever this time.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: In and Out of Love Shelley Thrasher


1) I loved this collection of poetry. These poems were thoughtful, insightful, and beautifully executed. So few words engaged me as a reader and I eagerly moved from one poem to the next.  

In and Out of Love Shelley Thrasher
Lesbian - Poetry
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (December 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943353735
ISBN-13: 978-1943353736
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Lammy-nominated novelist, editor, and college professor Shelley Thrasher, who grew up in a small, conservative town in East Texas, was a late bloomer. Her first published poetry collection, In and Out of Love, chronicles personal ups and downs during the 1980s and ’90s, when she came out. Most of these 150 brief, haiku-like poems feature images that speak for themselves, influenced by poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, with whom she studied writing. The first poems portray the crushes and lovers the author was involved with during this period of her life. In part two, they express the longing for something she didn’t understand. Section three chronicles the painful rough spots she encountered during her journey of accepting herself as a lesbian. And the final section celebrates being in love with the woman she has now been joined with for twenty-five adventurous years. Legendary author, Lee Lynch writes about Shelley's poetry: Shelley Thrasher has a way of imbuing even the unlikeliest of words with sensuality. She writes in the style of the great lesbian Imagist poets H.D. and Amy Lowell. Her images are crystalline: "...the sea gnaws at the beach...." Thrasher celebrates life, even its deepest pain. She extols the glories of nature, classical times, art, travel, coming out, and love. In and Out of Love reads like a portrait of a woman who has seen the good and bad sides of life and now finds herself deeply contented while, as she titled one poem, "Peeling Summer Peaches."

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Secured and Free (Entwined Dreams #2) Z. Allora


1) This was a very nice Romance, with a capital R! The BDSM is hot and the characters oh, so likable! There's so much pain and hurt within Orion's heart and the healing Marcus and Hunter offer is simply sweet, fantastic. This is a well-written, sweet story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. 

Secured and Free (Entwined Dreams #2) Z. Allora
Gay - Erotic Romance
Series: Entwined Dreams (Book 2)
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 26, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635334055
ISBN-13: 978-1635334050
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Entwined Dreams: Book Two

An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues.

Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet he can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level.

But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2) E.J. Russell


1) I really enjoyed the book.I liked reading about the Fae but also a little different than I usually read.
2) One word to describe this book: Cute! I really liked Mal and Bryce together. At times they make an odd couple but they really match to perfection. This was a well-written fantasy story filled with these couple's oddness and romance. At times you'll laugh, at others, you'll wonder if they'll make it out alive from the turmoil brought to them at the fairy realm. Bravo, Ms. Russell. Well done!

The Druid Next Door (Fae Out of Water #2) E.J. Russell
Gay - Fantasy Romance
Series: Fae Out of Water (Book 2)
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (August 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626496226
ISBN-13: 978-1626496224
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Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?

Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.

All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.

Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.

Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bare Lynn Kelling


1)  The sharp writing and intriguing characters kept me engaged from beginning to end.
2) Exciting, compelling, emotional. It has everything I love in a story! This is definitely an enjoyable read and I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more of Kelling's stories. 

Bare Lynn Kelling
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Ficton Publishing (November 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622343107
ISBN-13: 978-1622343102
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Ev Myers was looking for trouble when he signed up to do nude art modeling, but he wasn’t expecting this much trouble. All he’d wanted to do was rebel against the moral limits of his strict religious family and the PR requirements of his father’s senate seat. He saw how much bigger his world could be when Professor Adam Buchanan opened Ev to new passions and new experiences But when Ev's family learned how far he had gone, they decided to resort to kidnapping and brainwashing to save their son from sin and scandal—even if it kills him.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Aqua Follies Liv Rancourt


1) Liv Rancourt's dedication to a true historical narrative is so evident here. Her characters are so authentic. The 1950s must have been a difficult time to be gay, yet she doesn't go for the easy angst. These guys want something more. They know there is an easy way out, but they're willing to risk the fallacy of a normal life to reach for something better. That positive note was sorely needed against what could have been, and I was glad the author focused on that.
2) This 1950's historical had a great atmosphere of the era, and the main characters felt realistic for the time and place in which they lived. The romance started fast, but faced some plausible obstacles. I loved Skip from the start, and came to appreciate Russell over the span of the story.
3) Unique setting, sympathetic characters, and difficult situations make for a page-turning male-male romance set in the 1950’s. Very enjoyable!
4) I think this is the best book I’ve read this year. It had the right mixture of tenderness and angst, rawness and loving.

Aqua Follies Liv Rancourt
Gay - Historical Romance
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Liv Rancourt; 1 edition (May 12, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998582239
ISBN-13: 978-0998582238
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The 1950s. Postwar exuberance. Conformity. Rock and roll.

Homophobia.

Russell tells himself he'll marry Susie because it's the right thing to do. His summer job coaching her water ballet team will give him plenty of opportunity to give her a ring. But on the team's trip to the annual Aqua Follies, the joyful glide of a trumpet player's solo hits Russell like a torpedo, blowing apart his carefully constructed plans.

From the orchestra pit, Skip watches Poseidon's younger brother stalk along the pool deck. It never hurts to smile at a man, because good things might happen. Once the last note has been played, Skip gives it a shot.

The tenuous connection forged by a simple smile leads to events that dismantle both their lives. Has the damage been done, or can they pick up the pieces together?

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