Posted by Becky Condit on April 20, 2014
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Huston Piner’s My Life as a Myth
1969 high school freshman Nick Horton has problems. He’s an easy target for bullies, a social outcast who dreams of being popular, and he doesn’t understand why he’s just not attracted to girls. After a series of misunderstandings label him a troublemaker, he’s delighted to have Jesse and his gang befriend him. But while Nick just wants to explore his growing attraction to Bobby, Jesse’s campaign to give him a new image transforms the shy loser into an anti-establishment student hero. Thanks to his new reputation, Nick soon finds himself besieged by would-be girlfriends and expectations that he live up to his public image. If it wasn’t tough enough having to pretend to be straight, now he’s got to act cool too!
Nick’s freshman year is a remarkable journey of ridiculous misadventures, unexpected psychedelic explorations, and heartbreaking tragedy. As he strives to understand his emerging romance with Bobby he must confront the dangerous goings-on at school and the Vietnam War’s destructive impact on his family. Is a world still reeling from the sexual revolution and the illicit pleasures of underage drinking and marijuana ready to accept two boys in love? Can Nick and Bobby’s relationship survive a world where acid rock rules, status is everything and being gay is the last taboo? My Life as a Myth is an often humorous but heartbreaking story of a boy’s struggle with sexual identity and first love in a violent and hostile world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Huston Piner grew up on the US Mid-Atlantic coast and witnessed firsthand the brutality and ignorance still driving prejudice and oppression today. His first book My Life as a Myth is a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist and was nominated for the 2014 Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. His second book Joined at the Soul will be published in 2015. A novella Light in Endless Darkness is expected this fall.
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Jonathan Tredway Arriba Aruba!
He agrees to let Stone show him the island, but what starts as fun-filled and casual turns earth-shattering for Cray. When his time in Aruba ends, Cray realizes his feelings for Stone have grown beyond fun, but he worries that it might not translate to real life in LA. Can he convince himself and Stone their love can be paradise at home?
Posted by KymD on April 19, 2014
“I’m not as weak as you think, but I’m no match for other shifters. They’d eat me alive.”
GENRE: M/M, paranormal, disability
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET : Review+Giveaway: KymD Awards 4.5 Sweet Peas to Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg
Noah fell from an eighth story balcony as a toddler, cracking open his skull and shattering his body. The accident would’ve killed a human, but even shifter blood can’t heal some damage. After the pack recommended a mercy killing, Noah’s family ran. But there’s no outrunning the mating pact formed before Noah’s birth.
Wade, the new alpha, chooses an adult Noah to fulfill the pact. Wade believes the previous alpha was a fool to reject Noah as a weak and inferior wolf, but Noah’s family was wrong to hide him and starve his wolf, too. Human doctors with human medicines are poison to shifter physiology. Now that Noah is fully grown, halting his shift to retain the pins, plates, and bars holding him together hurts rather than helps him, and for Wade, more than Noah’s recovery is at stake.
Noah’s family sacrificed everything to keep him alive. Noah will do whatever it takes to save them—including mate with the alpha who is determined to correct past mistakes and defeat old prejudices contaminating the shifter community.
Too bad some still believe Noah is the true poison…and should be culled from the pack for good.
Content Warnings: Dubious consent, shifter knotting/tying, and Nerf gun assassination attempts. Ereaders (and you) may spontaneously combust–-Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
KYM D’S OPINION: Okay. I loved this book! Was Pretty Poison by Kari Gregg perfect? No. Was it a bit rushed? Yes. But, I absolutely fell in love with both Noah and Wade!
Noah is a disabled shifter. Wait. In all the books I’ve read, once a shifter shifts, all injuries are cured! But, Noah’s injuries happened when he was eight; way before his first shift in puberty. His pack, thinking him weak and a detriment to the overall strength of the community he lived in, urged his parents to put him down.
Luckily for Noah, his parents loved their child and ran away. Noah then fell into the care of human doctors who experimented on him more than helped him.
Enter Wade…the new alpha of Noah’s old pack. Due to some old agreement, Wade was promised a mate from Noah’s family and, since his only sister is mated to a human, Wade chooses Noah. Weak, crippled, broken Noah. (more…)
Posted by Feliz on
“Am I intrigued? Sure, you’re great. But I don’t have it in me to get attached to a mnem.” A persistent mnem, at that. “My reality is fucked-up enough as it is.”
“I’m not a mnem.”[…]
”Yeah? What’s your name?”
He pushed himself right up into my face, eye to eye and said a single word. “Elijah.”
The feel of it played across my mouth like a lover’s tongue.
GENRE: M/M, sci-fi, paranormal
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Feliz Reviews The Persistence of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
While forgetting your problems won’t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.
They’re both professionals in the memory field—they even run their own memory palace. So shouldn’t they be able to figure out a way to overwrite the persistent false memory that’s wreaking havoc on both of their lives? Daniel thought he was holding it together, but the situation seems to be sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, reminding him he hasn’t had a date in ages by taunting him with flashes of an elusive man in black that only he can see.
Is it some quirk of the circuitry, or is Daniel headed down the same path to fantasy-land as his old man?
REVIEW: Jordan Castillo Price doesn’t so much write stories, she creates worlds. Her universes are at once disturbingly real and yet wildly imaginative; reading one of these I always feel like I’m looking at my own reality from a slight angle. Those books master the whole claviature of “what if…” and “why not…” and that’s something I love as a reader, having my own imagination challenged and, ultimately, broadened. Not lastly because I’ve always found those creepily twisted plots and quirky ideas easily comprehensible thanks to their compelling internal logic.
This book is a good example for the abovementioned “what if”. What if people, instead of going to the cinema, could play the lead in their very own personal blockbuster? What if they could be anything, achieve anything, do anything they wanted with whomever they wanted to instead of watching some movie star doing all these things?
That’s what mnems do. They offer some kind of computerized framework that enables people to live their personal dreams, safely guided into and out of the virtual environment by a mnem-guide, a sherpa. Mnems are supposed to be temporary, not to remain in longtime memory, and they’re supposed to be malleable to a point only by the person mneming with the Sherpa as non-participant bystander.
But what if a mnem memory becomes permanent? And what if suddenly a stranger appears in someone’s mnem and interacts not with the mnemer, but with the supposedly invisible Sherpa? (more…)
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How he loved that melting sensation, a surrender he was happy to make over and over again. Sodomy—a sin or a crime or a mental illness? No such thing. It was a bloody marvel.
GENRE: MM Historical
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Josie Goodreads reviews The Gentleman’s Madness by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. 4 Sweet Peas!
No pride. No privacy. No hope.
Academic John Gilliam thought being caught embracing another man was the worst that could happen. Until he agrees to “treatment” at an asylum, where a vicious attack leaves him shaken and afraid.
But having all means of writing or reading taken from him… That is a serious threat to his sanity. Then a moment of kindness from an asylum attendant begins to restore his dignity.
Sam Tully feels sorry for the patient everyone calls “the professor”, but with a back injury that cost him his job on the docks—and without the education that would have bettered his position—he tries to keep his head down, and a tight lid on his attraction to men.
As John prays for freedom, he grows closer to the gentle, innately intelligent Tully. In spite of themselves, forbidden attraction leads to touches, kisses, and more. But there’s something other than curative treatments going on at the asylum. When John and Tully uncover a heinous conspiracy, their very lives are in danger.
JOSIE’S OPINION: I’m a big fan of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s historical stories so I grabbed The Gentleman’s Madness as soon as I saw it. I did stop for a moment when I read the blurb though, a story about a man locked up in a metal asylum for being gay, did I really want to read that? I wasn’t sure, it in turn intrigued and worried me but I trusted the authors enough to give a go and I’m glad I did. The Gentleman’s madness is an uplifting story showcasing the triumph of hope over adversity.
John Gilliam is a studious young man from a good family who’s caught in an act of homosexuality by his father. To appease his family and to atone for the shame he’s caused them he voluntarily enters a mental asylum for ‘treatment’, naively thinking he would be able to leave after a few weeks, never imagining that he would become a prisoner, trapped until the doctors and his family felt he had ‘recovered’ enough to be allowed to reassume his life in society. (more…)
Posted by Rosie on April 18, 2014
My favorite quote from the audio:
“What I’m thinking, gentlemen , is this, the salesman holding up a pair of shredded jeans, “with this”, a muscle shirt sporting the logo for a company called “ACME Erections” across the front, “and this”, a tool belt in rough leather with a lube bottle hanging from a carabineer.
GENRE: M/M, GFY
STORY RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
AUDIO/NARRATOR RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Rosie reviews Frat House Troopers audiobook by Xavier Mayne. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn.
Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he’ll have to give a repeat performance, this time live on webcam opposite the highest bidder. Donnelly makes sure to win that auction for his partner’s sake, but their plan has a flaw: faking it is not an option.
In the aftermath, Brandt is a humiliated mess trying desperately to come to terms with what he’s had to do for the job and his own mixed feelings. But Donnelly has been on a journey of discovery of his own. Suddenly everything the two men thought they knew about themselves and each other gets turned inside out. Meanwhile, they still have a case to solve… but it may not be the case they thought it was.
REVIEW: This book was published, December 12, 2012 and has been reviewed many times . I am not sure what I can add that is new about the book itself. The audio form of Frat House Troopers just came out on February 18, 2014.Not quite as many reviews have been written about the audio version. So with keeping that in mind my review will be based on the audio version.
This audio was just what an audio should be in my opinion, it is laugh out loud hilarious! The voices that the narrator used, added so much to the story. The slow dry humor of Donnelly, the sharp whine of Brandt, sure his life is over because of this assignment and the many store clerks’ campy attitudes bring such spice to the story. (more…)
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He was a werewolf now and had been chosen to lead a group of five hundred beasts. Him, the boy who once gotten lost on the way to the bathroom in a department store.
GENRE: M/M, shapeshifters
RATING: 3 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: PizzyGirl reviews A Dangerous Liaison by Penelope Rivers
BLURB: After Percy meets Dr. Hunter Finch at his sister’s wedding, he is immediately enraptured. This continues even after he discovers, to his horror, that the man he had a fling with was actually his Archaeology 2010 professor. Even though his professor keeps pushing him away, he is determined to win the man’s heart and keep it. Unfortunately, that’s when Percy discovers things aren’t what they seem. His beloved professor is the Beta of a werewolf pack and since Percy has been involved with him, the opposing group of werewolves is after him. Percy’s life is flipped upside down in a way he has never imagined. In college, he expected to learn from books. He never expected to learn about werewolves and love.
Percy meets Hunter outside at his sister’s wedding and is instantly attracted to the older man. They started out talking and then alcohol was introduced into the mix which lead to sex outside by Hunter’s car. Hunter then realized what he had just done and freaked telling Percy to forget it ever happened.
Then things got weird. Percy realized that Hunter was his professor and turned into this obsessive stalker. He pursued Hunter relentlessly and it came across as desperate and pathetic. His friend Turk didn’t help the situation by enabling Percy’s delusions and supporting Percy’s fantasy that Hunter was just avoiding him because Hunter really had feeling for Percy. I felt rather uncomfortable at this point and almost put the book down because I wasn’t sure where this author was headed. (more…)
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“Nothing. Sorry. Damn shiny distracting moment.”
Dakota chuckled. “Yeah, I had a squirrel moment. Do you get them?”
GENRE: M/M, foodie
RATING: 3 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: PizzyGirl reviews Rules of the Chef by Nicole Dennis.
BLURB: This is book one in the Southern Charm series, see the full series listing here When hotelier Samuel Ashford arrives to change things, Southern Charm chef Dakota Mitchell fights against it and nothing will be the same. Learning about the sale of his beloved home – The Southern Charm, chef and co-owner Dakota Mitchell is having a hard time with the potential changes. He wants nothing else to alter. Chosen by his family’s company Ashford Hotels to re-create the Charm into the latest chain of boutique hotels, Samuel Ashford enters the Deep South. Inside the overgrown, run down appearance, he learns the Charm is run by people who care and love the building, the delicious food, and their guests. Can these two put aside differences and arguments to save the Charm? Even if it means they find a little love along the way.
Rule of the Chef is a promising start to a new series. The story centers around two vastly different men who are thrown together and forced to make things work. They clash from the get go but at the same time are fiercely attracted to one another. Ms. Dennis does an excellent job at portraying the sexual tension between the men. I could feel it leap off the pages. The author also did a great job connecting with the reader. I fell in love with the Southern Charm hotel and wanted to know her ultimate fate. I was a little unsatisfied with the abrupt ending but it made for a good to be continued for the series.
Ms. Dennis also did a great job of introducing all the local players for the continuing series. She described the local culture and introduced everyone perfectly. I was impressed not only with the care she took to develop the characters needed for this particular story, but with the remarkable job she did at setting up the landscape for future installments. (more…)