Posted by Becky Condit on April 16, 2014
CLICK TO TWEET: =BLOG TOUR= Willow Springs Ranch Series by LE Harner.
BLURB: Book 1 – Ty Hard
Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desire for another man, even while he fights to keep his PTSD from pulling him under. Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?
BLURB: Book 2 – Hold Tight
Sheriff Holden Titus had organized his fresh start down to the last detail. Except for the part about the bomb that blew his plans all to hell. Now he’s running out of time, without a job, without a home, and struggling to get back on his feet. Literally.
Despite the impolite rejection, Drew knows he didn’t have the wrong impression months ago when he asked the sheriff to dance, but he never expected to have Holden’s life in his hands. Literally.
Thanks to some meddlesome matchmaking, the two men are now temporary housemates at the Willow Springs Ranch and Drew is determined to help Holden heal, both physically and emotionally. Even if it means he has to drag the other man kicking and screaming to physical therapy…and out of the closet. In fact, that might be kind of fun.
The problem is, Holden doesn’t consider himself in the closet…but not all secrets are created equal.
BLURB: Book 3 – Taking Chance
Officer Chance Carter is pretty sure he’d still enjoy being on either end of a good ass reaming—just not the one from his supervisor that lands him on an involuntary extended vacation. Another holiday season with nothing to do except visit an old friend.
Former hospital corpsman Bryan Mitchell doesn’t feel less than honorable, but that’s what his discharge paperwork states. Now he’s down and out in Kingman, Arizona until the charity of a stranger lands him a temporary job for the holidays.
When two federal employees go missing during a highly controversial wild horse roundup, the two Willow Springs Ranch newcomers are drafted to help in the search, but if rumors of a local anti-government militia are true, Chance and Bryan may be in serious trouble—and from something far more dangerous than their mutual attraction.
BLURB: Book 3.5 – Ty’d Down (free short)
Ty brushed his hands on the long white apron and moved to the island counter to add more
frosting to the piping bag. Cake decorating had never been his favorite chef duty, but like many cooks in the Navy, he had plenty of experience. He took another sip of coffee then began the final step of piping the white border around the edge of the top layer. He would add the already prepared red roses, last. As peace offerings went, a chocolate three-layer cake with buttercream icing wasn’t much, but Cass would forgive him. Eventually.
Today should have been their wedding day, but Ty had put a stop to all the foolishness weeks ago. For fuck’s sake, Arizona didn’t even have gay marriage. The gathering of friends for a commitment ceremony just seemed…stupid. Besides, Cass had just been caught up in the events surrounding Chance and Bryan’s rescue when he’d proposed. The truth of their relationship had been plain as day when Cass tried to take over the conversation after Bryan had been rescued. The words still echoed in his head.
“It’s my ranch…my decision…” Cass was boss and Ty the cook. Point taken. Ty wasn’t even bitter. Much. Cass was right, this was his ranch and Ty had usurped his authority—but goddamn it! No one here was better than Ty when it came to running a covert mission. Cass should have respected him enough…trusted him enough…
BLURB: Book 4 – Hanging Chad
For Chad Ollom, landing on the Willow Springs Ranch after his teaching career crashed and burned last year was a lesson in irony, considering he’d sworn off all things related to horses and cowboys after a near fatal fall as a child. Now with a new mission in life, Chad plans to bring critically ill children to the ranch for a special celebration.
Aging rodeo cowboy Jesse Duran lives life eight seconds at a time, and whether it’s broncos or men, it’s always been get on and get off before anyone gets hurt. When he’s required to take a break from the circuit and ends up on the WSR, the enticing ass of a stand-offish teacher turned contractor might just be enough challenge to keep him entertained for a week or two.
As attraction flares, personal boundaries start to crumble, and the lines between seducer and seduced begin to blur. When the series of on-going attacks against the WSR moves from sabotage to arson, Jesse steps up to help, but when Chad is forced to return to his past to face charges, the men of the WSR want to know if Jesse will stick or leave Chad hanging.
BLURB: Book 5 – Park’s Lot
When vegan, peace-loving, social do-gooder Park Williams stumbles across the half-dead cattle rancher who has been sabotaging the Willow Springs Ranch in the name of a homophobic militia group…there’s only one thing to do. Save his life, then share his tent. Waking to find the man’s dick pressed against his ass is just a bonus.
Tanner Triplett is in trouble. Not the your-brother-is-a-sociopathic-murderer-and-you’re-his-next-victim sort of trouble. Not even the your-father-is-trying-to-overthrow-the-federal-government-and-you’re-going-to-jail-for-helping kind of trouble. No…this is the sort of trouble that comes when you wake up with stranger’s dick in your hand. Holy fuck. How is he going to get out of this?
A sudden need to run for their lives ought to do it.
Determined to make amends, Tanner leads Park to the relative safety of the WSR, where the biggest danger should be from gun-wielding cowboys seeking revenge. Tanner hadn’t counted on sharing a room with the exotically beautiful Park or the danger to his heart when the carefully erected walls protecting his secret come tumbling down.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Raised in California, Laura Harner likes it hot, which explains why she ended up in Arizona via such diverse places as Japan, Maine, and Florida, and many more places in between. After retiring from the US Navy, she found a niche working for land management agencies, including the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though she has held many jobs around the world, her favorite was working and living in Grand Canyon National Park. Working (and eating) in New Orleans was a close second. You will find many of her books are set against the rich backdrops provided by coastal Louisiana and northern Arizona.
When asked how she started writing, Laura tells of waking on Boxing Day a few years ago, with a woman named Elena MacFarland yammering in her dreams, demanding her story be told. Despite never attempting to write fiction before that morning, Laura ignored all of the holiday visitors and the Highland Destiny series was born. She doesn’t believe it was a coincidence that the great grandmother who died when Laura was just a baby was named Elena MacFarland. Destiny does play a hand.
Laura became a full-time writer in 2012, and now she spends her time writing, watching her Arizona Diamondbacks, and working on her very own version of the Willow Springs Ranch in northwestern Arizona. She is a multi-published author of erotic romance, mystery, and urban fantasy and her books can be found at all major online retailers.”
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: “ I swear, I don’t have a thing for you either. Okay, maybe I did for like 5 Minutes freshman year, but you’re as straight as a fucking arrow, so I got over that right quick”
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Rosie reviews I Survived Seattle by JK Hogan. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.
Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?
REVIEW: When I read a book, I want to learn something new, doesn’t have to be much, it could be just a “Oh that’s cool” or it can be” wow I didn’t know that” or in the case of I survived Seattle(Coming Out),it was “Ok slow down what was that?”; “Neuroses, crippling anxiety , OCD, situational Tourette’s and let’s not forget extreme claustrophobic. “ And that’s just what Justice was struggling with. I knew I was going to have to pay attention, this story is going to be intense.
As soon as I come to the realization that this was serious reading, the author throws in Snorey McGeezerpants, far-too-chipper ‘sky waitress ‘ and a bonus of a crying lady in the window seat. Snarky humor is what I thought of, and I love snarky humor.
Justice Crawford was flying to Seattle to attend his best friend’s wedding. Rory, his college roommate, asked him to be his best man. And in spite of everything he couldn’t say no to Rory. Justice had had a rough time when he came out to his parents, so in his defense he had kept this from Rory, staying deeply rooted in the closet, not wanting to take a chance that Rory would be disgusted. (more…)
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“Or maybe they were some wealthy people themselves..” “Why?” “Cause that kind of people, they don’t want to give up things, right? And they always want their own way. But me.. I don’t really have nothing.” “That’s right. You only have me.” Reuben swallowed, hit by the reality of it being said flat out like that.
GENRE: M/M, BDSM, steampunk, zombies
RATING: 2 1/2 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: LeatherSkater reviews Fear: The Copper Horse by KA Merikan.
1907, twenty years into the zombie Plague
Reuben is a baker living in the slums of London, sharing a room with his father and an extended family of cockroaches. Poor, uneducated, and repressing all his sexual desires, he leads a life of misery, only sometimes sprinkled with gin and a rough tumble in a filthy back alley.
But when he is abducted into Bylondon to be the slave of a wealthy crime family member named Erik Dal, his values are put to the test. His new master is obsessed with all things equestrian, and Reuben soon learns that if he obeys and performs well as Erik’s horse, he might just get everything he yearns for: pampering, foods he never even dreamed of, and shameless sex with a demonically handsome young man in leather riding boots.
As Copper, Erik’s treasured dun stallion, Reuben must submit to his new master’s obscene fancy of possessing another man completely. That is, if he yearns for treats and not the lick of a riding crop. Fake tails, harnesses, and a new haircut to his ginger mane help Reuben transform into Copper, but the fear of losing his dignity in the eyes of society might just prove to be a bigger restraint than any bit, bridle, or handcuffs.
All that for the small price of his freedom. Though at times, Reuben feels it’s his soul that Erik is after instead.
This was one of those books I kept reading, really wanting it to get better. Actually hoping it would get better. Kind of rooting for it to get better. Ever watch those movies? It keeps you watching, and keeps you watching, wondering what’s in the house, what’s around the next bend, will they ever find out what will happen and what’s going on, and what’s up with all the freakin shakey cam crap? Lol. And then the film ends. And the lights come up with the end credits trailing up on screen, and people are getting up, acting like they get it, and talking like they just witnessed the best movie in years. But, you look around and there is like a third of the audience still sitting in their seats looking around too seemingly confused going, huh?
I felt that watching the Blair Witch. Kept my interest, kept watching, then it ended and I was scratching my head thinking, “Was this good, or did I just waste an hour and a half? And what was it all really about?” This book seemed to delve into the bdsm world of kinky horse slave play, only it wasn’t play, but slaves forced to be retrained to think like they were horsies, like puppies in the bdsm world. They were kidnapped and made to be in this world for money, paid off to people who tricked them to be at certain places to BE kidnapped for the paid off monies. Thus said, there were no love story arches where people were set free happening here, nor rescues happening, but this was a forever type arrangement or death by heads on wall or zombie kill. Now, since that is brought up, yes, zombie kill. Off the wall, for no reason at all, zombies are wandering around, and have no reason to be in this story at all, nor do they play any of a major nor minor part IN the story except to say.. “Oh yeah.. zombies..” lol. ???
Now, we even meet the main character we are supposed to “like and root for”, who by the way later denies wanting to be with men and doesn’t like having sex with men, at the beginning of the book in a bar known for meeting up with men for a quick night of sex WITH men. ??? We’re drawn to him by the fact he scratches his head and looks down and notices lice in his beer, but the guy goes with him to have sex anyways. And then when he plays hard to get once he gets the guy in the dark, he’s raped in the mud, and slides off into the river before floating home. Drawn to him, I was. The book does write a very clear, and detailed BDSM story of changing a man into a horsy boy. But, that was after he was kidnapped right after he was splashing around the sewer of shit avoiding zombies! mentioned them!! I gave it a 3 for the detail of the story, but the appeal level of it and the ending, left me baffled as to what audience were they really shooting for? And.. still wondering bout the zombies.
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Publication Date: March 7, 2014
Series: The Copper Horse
Cover Art: alexzappa
Length: 217 pages
Favorite character: the zombies!!
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Posted by Becky Condit on April 15, 2014
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: =GRL FEATURED BLOGGER TOUR WITH GIVEAWAY= Will Parkinson: Carpe Diem
Our guest on the GRL Featured Bloggers Tour today is Will Parkinson. Welcome, Will!
So yesterday I celebrated my birthday. The big five oh. Middle age, baby. In all honesty, I’m surprised I survived that long. In my reckless youth, I did stuff with wild abandon. As I’m ‘matured’ (pauses for the raucous laughter to die down….checks watch….eats lunch….goes home to take a nap…comes back….looks at the calendar….)
Better? Okay. Thank you.
As I’ve ma…grown older, my priorities have changed a lot. I worked my job for 27 years. I used to enjoy it immensely, meeting the famous folk, helping to make people smile. Those days have passed me by though. It’s okay, don’t get me wrong. I used to live for my job. Late night calls for help, I’d be there. Someone called off? I’d be there. You need stuff for an amenity? I’ll head to the store. Nary a word of complaint. I was well paid and had an understanding that I was a supervisor, even without the title.
Then one day that all went away. Things changed in my life and I realized that my job no longer owned me and I wanted more. I wanted something for myself. I spent years doing any/everything I could to make people happy. Now it’s my turn. Big problem? I had no idea what.
Then a very good friend told me she wanted to talk to me about an idea she had. Something she thought would be a good fit for me because I enjoyed making people happy, and because it was something I could do that would bring joy to my life and allow me to get paid for something I really find I like to do. She compared it to a concierge (we have one of those at the hotel) because I go the extra distance for people.
She suggested Pride Promotions. Helping authors of LGBT fiction to get their stories seen. It sounded intriguing, but I wasn’t sure if it was something I could do. The 27 years at the hotel got me to be complacent. I was in a job that I was damn good at and the idea of making a change scared the crap out of me. I needed the change though. Big time.
So I started working on Pride. My friends helped a lot – Laura Harner, Becky Condit, KC Wells, Havan Fellows, Lee Brazil to name a few – and I’d like to think I’m doing okay with it. It’s a pretty steep learning curve, but I’m trying my level best.
So why tell you this? What does this have to do with your life? :shrug: Maybe nothing. A bit of advice though, it’s never too late to make a change. Don’t wait till tomorrow for trying something different. Get out there and give it a go. Make yourself happy while doing the same to those around you.
I’d like to say thank you to the authors who have trusted me to help pimp their works. The fact that they’ve given me their baby means so very much to me. And it’s helping me to grow in a way I never knew I could.
Carpe Diem. Not just a phrase, but one we should all take to heart.
Will will attend his second GRL this fall. He is a published author as well as the owner of Pride Promotions, an author assistance service.
Books authored as Will Parkinson:
Nuttin For Christmas
Wet Paint (Sequel to Pitch) – coming Sept/Oct 2014
Books authored as Parker Williams
with Eden Winters - The Wounded
with KC Wells – Someone To Keep Me
Team Condit, the authors who will be guest posting with me in the weeks preceeding GRL 2014, will be creating a little fun with a game I call SUDDENLY. Each author will add a couple of sentences to a round robin mini-story. Each entry ends with the word SUDDENLY, and the next author’s post will continue from there will the next couple of sentences.
Today, Will Parkinson kicks things off with this introduction to our Round Robin Story:
I stepped from my house in the way too early hours of the morning. A bright light in the sky damn near blinded me. I looked up and SUDDENLY…
Simone Anderson will pick it up from there later this month. Stay tuned!
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Devon walked into Mystique looking every inch the Master of the world. The truth wasn’t too far off.
GENRE: M/M, BDSM, abuse
RATING: 4.5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Tootsie reviews Wrapped Up In Chains by Cindy Sutherland. 4.5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.
Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.
When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.
Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under his thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.
REVIEW: You know when you read a blurb to a story and you think “oh wow, that sounds like a wonderful story” and also hits on all your buttons of interest?” Yep, me too, and that is exactly what this story, Wrapped Up In Chains by Cindy Sutherland, did to me. I have always enjoyed reading stories within the BDSM world, some more than others, obviously. Depending on the level of kink that was implemented in the story, for me, can either suck me in or turn me off. I realize some readers won’t even invest in a story if BDSM is even mentioned. Sometimes these books get a bad rap for something that simply is not true. If you have ever had an interest or maybe would like to explore, but a little leery, I encourage you to read this story that Ms. Sutherland has written. Let me tell you why:
Devon West, a Dom, Master, entrepreneur of his own night club, runs a very legit and respected business. He doesn’t have a love life, doesn’t want one, he is very content in managing his club and taking on customers who need to leave their tightly controlled world at the front door. Devon is very good at what he does, he has very good friends keeping watch for any signs of trouble, and he runs a very tight ship where rules are made, and are not to be broken. The main rule in the BDSM community is ALWAYS, and never to be overlooked, Safe, Sane, and Consensual. This simply means you play within the limits established, you have a clear mind and head, and all parties are in agreement. Sounds easy enough, but what happens when that is broken? Discarded with no concern for your submissive partner? (more…)
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” Ben frowned. “It’s not the same for Asian dudes, man. Girls don’t want us. They all think we have small dicks.” “Get a T-shirt that says ‘I’m half white,’” Calabresi advised. ”
GENRE: M/M, sports
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Trish reviews Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau. Interview & Giveaway Included
BLURB: This macho jock has a crooked little secret.
College hockey player Austin Puett is in trouble. Unless he starts treating his flamboyantly gay roommate with respect, he’ll lose his room and his job at Rear Entrance Video. But Austin’s got a not-so-straight secret of his own: nothing turns him on more than insults implying he’s gay—even though he’s definitely not!—and all his old coping methods have stopped working.
Pure desperation drives him to rent a Mischievous Pictures porn flick about straight men tricked into servicing Puck, a male dominant. Instead of letting off steam, though, it just leaves him craving more, more, more, and suddenly, Austin finds himself at Mischievous Pictures Studios for an audition. After all, you can be Gay For Pay and still be straight . . . right?
But meeting Liam Williams, the real person behind Puck, confuses Austin even more. Liam really seems to like him as a person, and Austin likes him back. And while Gay For Pay’s okay, what does it make Austin if he still wants Liam when the cameras aren’t rolling?
TRISH’S OPINION: Austin Puett is having a REALLY bad day! Noah Hadley-his relunctant landlord and college roomate, along with Christian, Max, and Rob-has given him an ultimatum-unless Austin can start treating flamboyantly gay roomate Rob with more respect, he has until the end of the month to find a new place to live, PLUS lose his job working at Rear Entrance Video. On top of all that, Austin has a deep, dark secret of his own: even though he insists he’s straight, being called insults that imply he’s gay REALLY turn him on. When all of his old coping methods stop working, as a last resort he rents a porn flick about straight guys tricked into servicing a male dominant named Puck. Instead of helping him letting off steam, it leaves him craving more, and more, and MORE! Austin goes to Mischevious Pictures Studio wanting to audtion. You can do Gay For Pay and still be straight…..can’t you? When Austin meets William “Liam” Williams, the real person who plays Puck, his world and how he perceives himself is turned completely upside down! (more…)
Posted by PizzyGirl on April 14, 2014
The National Council had seen fit to send them a twelve-year-old. Or maybe a twenty-two-year-old – it was getting hard to tell the difference at Bryce’s age of thirty-something.
GENRE: M/M, shapeshifters
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: =BLOG TOUR= Shifting Sands by Joy Lynn Fielding: Review, Excerpt, Giveaway
BLURB: The visit to Elk Ridge is supposed to be just another assignment for Tom Barrington. Then he encounters Bryce Reynolds, a generous, warmhearted cowboy who has the easiest smile he’s ever seen. It doesn’t take long for Tom to break all his rules and end up in Bryce’s bed. Bryce Reynolds believes there’s no such thing as a hot politician, right up until he meets Tom Barrington. Tall, dark, and principled, Tom overturns all of Bryce’s prejudices, and Bryce starts to forget that he doesn’t do serious and he doesn’t do commitment. As Bryce and Tom struggle to make sense of what’s happening between them, they’re drawn into a political battle—one which could affect the future of every shifter. And when long-buried secrets start coming to light, things turn deadly. Nothing will ever be the same again for the Elk Ridge pack.
Bryce pushed open the door, prepared for another snotty pen pusher like Taylor Cufflinks the Third, or whatever his stupid name had been. Because of that, it took him a moment to process that he was seeing what he thought he was seeing and that he hadn’t found himself in the middle of a really good dream. Except if it was a dream, presumably this guy would already be naked rather than pouring himself a cup of coffee while dressed in a crisp white shirt, open at the neck, and gray slacks that should have been illegal given the way they clung to the curves of a frankly spectacular ass.
If Tom Barrington was a pen pusher, it was a pretty heavy pen he pushed on a regular basis because those were definite muscles betrayed by the fit of his shirt. His hair was dark and just a little wavy, his cheekbones were sharply defined beneath flawless skin, and there was the suspicion of a five-o’clock shadow on his jaw, which somehow emphasized just how strong that jawline was.
Bryce was still staring when Tom looked up and gestured with the mug he was holding. “Hope you don’t mind,” he said, then paused.
Bryce was aware that he was being studied in return and stood a little taller, opening himself up for inspection by rich brown eyes. It seemed Tom liked what he saw, because he looked for longer than was strictly polite. Bryce grinned at him when his eyes returned to Bryce’s face, and Tom suddenly looked away, biting his lip slightly as if he’d been caught doing something he shouldn’t have been. Even that didn’t stop him sending another look sideways at Bryce, and the combination of that with the way his teeth were sinking into his plump lower lip had Bryce’s stomach tightening with arousal. This security check might be a hell of a lot more pleasurable than he’d figured. And he was not thinking about Tom Barrington and body searches in the same breath, because that wasn’t helping things settle down in the least.
“Sorry to have kept you,” he said, and sat down at the table. “I figured you’d be another twelve-year-old.”
Tom stared at him, and then he grinned. It was a really good look on him. “I forgot—you had Bressingham visit you, didn’t you?”
“I wondered if it was ‘take your son to work day’ but mom or dad got lost en route,” Bryce said.
“He’s one of Cheung’s protégés,” Tom said, sitting down opposite Bryce. “He’s got potential, apparently.”
“Or a daddy with deep pockets to contribute to a re-election campaign,” Bryce said, and pushed the sugar bowl across the table. Tom nodded in thanks and took a spoonful.
“So what do you need to know?” Bryce asked, all business again. The thought that the sooner they got business done, the sooner they might get to other things was not in his mind at all. No way.
MEET JOY LYNN FIELDING:
Joy Lynn Fielding is a sucker for happy endings. She believes, however, that if characters don’t suffer along the way, they won’t fully appreciate being happy. Not all of her characters thank her for
this viewpoint, but what do they know?
Joy lives in a small English market town, but also inhabits a number of fictional worlds at any one time, reflecting what she’s writing and what she’s reading. She has a tendency to share enthusiastically with anyone who will listen to the latest fascinating facts she’s stumbled across in her research for books. Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador, who has a gift for looking as though he’s interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.
REVIEW: I absolutely love the Strength of the Pack series by Joy Lynn Fielding. Shifting Sands is book four and my interest in this world and its characters is still going strong. Ms. Fielding has mastered the art of enticing the reader and stringing them along until they just cannot help but want more. (more…)
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“You should fuck me.” […] “You’re really hard. I could come again. And I want to get it over with.”
He palmed his face, stifling a laugh. “Your pillow talk could use some work. Though you get points for being direct.”
GENRE: M/M, sci-fi, disability
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Feliz Reviews Forget Me Not by Jordan Castillo Price. 5 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: No two people are exactly alike, but Elijah Crowe is very, very different.
Elijah is on the autism spectrum, so the tasks of day-to-day life most people breeze through are a challenge for him. His career suffered because he never got the hang of schmoozing, and now his talents are being wasted teaching classes at the mall. His social circle is limited to his ex, his therapist, and a structured inclusion group at the Rec Center. The one bright spot in his life is the memory science of Mnemography.
Although he loves nothing better than devouring the latest research and tinkering with all the specialized equipment, he never clicked with any other experts in the field until he met Daniel Schroeder. Daniel runs a memory palace—he even writes his own mnems—and that shared interest alone would make him fascinating. But Daniel and Elijah met under unusual circumstances, where the statement, “I like you, and I think you like me,” held some surprising nuances.
Now Elijah suspects he’s gay, but the few prominent people in his life are less than supportive. Some are downright hostile. Elijah might not be neurotypical, but he’s plenty smart. Surely there’s some way to get people to accept him for who he is. If only he could figure out how.
REVIEW: : This is the second instalment in this author’s Mnevermind series, and I’d strongly recommend reading book 1, first. The Mnevermind universe is pretty complicated, and most of the worldbuilding is taken care of in book 1.
On to the story. In Forget Me Not, we’re in Elijah’s head, which, at least to me, was a very peculiar experience since Elijah is autistic, if highly functional; I suppose he has what used to be called Asperger’s syndrome. As far as I’m concerned, the author took on a pretty tough challenge with creating such a character—moreover, with making him the narrator—but I think she did an amazing job here. I really could experience Elijah’s struggles to comprehend the world of “neurotypicals” with its concepts that are so utterly foreign to him—non-verbal communication, cultural conventions, little white lies—and I came to admire him for his intellectual take on a problem that ought to be almost impossible to overcome. Elijah is highly intelligent but his communication impairment renders him helpless to keep people from treating him like a lesser being. However, he found a way to use mnems (which in fact are essentially nothing but dreams), of all things, to learn to communicate. (more…)
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“What are you doing this weekend?” Charlotte asked. “We’ve got a barbeque if you want to come. Frankie tried to think of a way of declining without saying he’d rather gouge his eyes out with a red-hot poker. A couple of hours in the company of happy couples and their brats were his idea of hell. Charlotte burst out laughing. “Frankie, if you could see your face! Don’t worry, I won’t be upset if you stay at home and count your ingrowing hairs.” “I don’t have ingrowing hairs,” he said, thoroughly offended.
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
CLICK TO TWEET: Tootsie reviews Frankie and Al by Sue Brown. 4 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason goes out with the girls, gets totally trashed, and ends his night by falling in front of a taxi. He’s rescued by a man with beautiful green eyes who takes care of him until he’s put into an ambulance. Frankie curses himself as he realizes he doesn’t have the man’s phone number. Still in pain a few days later, he is dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes once more. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.
Unfortunately Frankie has to attend a team-building exercise, nicknamed Womb Weekend, organized by his company. Al is working so he doesn’t mind, until he discovers who the team leader is. Al has a lot of explaining to do!
REVIEW: I have been a fan of Sue Brown and her books for quite some time. Frankie and Al is a little different from her other books I’ve read, but still, just as enjoyable. This was a sweet and short story, packed full of laughter, excitement, and a full cast of great friends. Frankie is kind of a walking accident waiting to happen. If that is not bad enough, he was recently dumped by his boyfriend thru text message. What will he do now? He feels too old to play the twink role, he’s not really interested in one-night flings. He doesn’t have a place to live since the boyfriend fiasco, it just seems like if there is trouble, Frankie will find it, or it finds him. (more…)
Posted by Becky Condit on April 13, 2014
“It’s okay to run away.” Roger paused, rubbing his palms together slowly. “Sometimes you need to in order to know where you’re going.”
RATING: 4 1/2
CLICK TO TWEET: Becky Reviews And We Went by Spencer Rook. 4 1/2 Sweet Peas!
BLURB: Small town life in the 1950s wasn’t easy for Roger, born into a rigid family headed by a preaching father, struggling to balance expectations with his growing feelings for his best friend, Billy. Though they fight to overcome the odds, it all seems futile when Billy goes missing and Roger must balance family, a stalker, and blackmail if he hopes to live long enough to love.
REVIEW: This is a wonderful short story about the difficulties of being gay in the 1950s. It takes the form of an interview with a prominent politician who as he is retiring gives a reporter access to his thoughts and his life. (more…)