The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday

The-Douglas-Fir_final-187x300Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: The Douglas Fir
Author: Anyta Sunday
Genre: m/m romance
URL: Author’s site
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sexual content
Summary [from the author]:
Somehow, someway, Jason Kress will find Noah the most unique and clever gift ever. A gift that will surprise him, and win his heart.

A gift that just might be magic . . .

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Four worthy free reads

Like London buses, you wait ages for a review from me, then four of them come along at once ;)

These were among the recent free offering from Smashwords. Two were out and out excellent, the other two well worth your time.

And I am happy by R. Cooper is a gorgeous little steampunk/Edwardianish story about an ex-kept boy turned valet, and his disabled war hero mster who is now in Parliament, though still struggling with the effects of the war, lost chances for love, and his amputated leg and arm. Wonderful angst yearning, and tenderness, and kudos for a maimed hero who is given dignity and agency, without being a vehicle for able-bodied pity.
Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Butterflies (The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal) by K J Charles is Victorian detective/horror pastiche done with the skill and panache this author demonstrated so devastatingly in A Charm of Magpies. A proper yet blisteringly angry narrator is forced to work with the man he thinks has spurned him, on a case as menacing as it is dangerous. A side story to The Caldwell Ghost, a novel unfortunately published by Torquere Press, it nonetheless stands alone, and if you want to see more of Ms Charles’s work out, well, let me not dissuade you.
Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Right Hand Red by Danni Keane follows two boys from the age of four to young adulthood, through their friendship, their difficulties, and their sexual awakening. Sweet but not without angst, and I may have grown a bity teary-eyed at one or two points.
Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Stag: a Story by Ben Monopoli is not romance but instead an all too realistic window on the world of a thirteen-year-old gay boy, going to his first school formal, and trying to avoid the whole issue of a partner. Nice writing, and may tempt you to seek more out by this author.
Rating: 7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

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A Charm Of Magpies by K J Charles

MagpiepieLord-The72lgRating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: A Charm Of Magpies
Author: K J Charles
Genre: Alternate worlds, Victoriania
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $4.50
Other Information/warnings: violence, explicit sexual content, reference to incest and suicide, supernatural content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.
Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude…and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.
Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

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Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza

butterflyhunter-182x300Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Butterly Hunter
Author: Julie Bozza
Genre: M/m romance, contemporary
URL: Author’s site (with links to retailers)
Price: $5.95 USD (at Amazon) / 3.75 UKP
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, his search is far from straightforward, and it’s starting to look as if the butterflies don’t want to be found. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn – and that very often the best way to locate something really important is just not to want to find it…

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The Other Guy by Cary Atwell

theotherguyRating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Other Guy
Author: Cary Atwell
Genre: m/m, contemporary, humour
URL: Smashwords
Price: $3.99
Other Information/warnings: no explicit sexual content
Summary [from the author]:
Emory James is, by his own admission, not the type of person the adjective exciting would ever deign to touch with a ten-foot pole. Cautious, reserved and staid, however, all crowd around him like best friends. Still, he gets by — or at least he gets by up until his fiancée dumps him at the altar. Out of spite, he takes a solo honeymoon to Thailand, where he can pretend to be someone better than himself for a little while. In meeting Nate, a fellow traveler, Emory slowly discovers how to stop pretending.

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One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: One Last Lie
Author: Rob Kaufman
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 7.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Philip and Jonathan have had the perfect life together for ten years – fulfilling every dream, except that of having a child. Along comes Angela, Philip’s college friend who apparently conquered her old demons of obesity and manic-depression.

After reacquainting and becoming good friends, the three decide to have a child together through artificial insemination of Jonathan’s sperm. From that point, Philip and Jonathan’s idyllic life begins to unravel. Angela’s mask of deceit gradually slips as her pregnancy awakens psychological and physical problems, leaving Philip and Jonathan regretting ever allowing her into their lives.

Told from an elderly Jonathan’s hospital bed, Angela’s tangled web unwinds into heartbreak, deception, legal battles, and finally murder – with a surprise ending no one ever imagined
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The Traitor Game by B.R. Collins

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: The Traitor Game
Author: B.R. Collins
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Bloomsbury Publishing
Price: US$ 16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Michael and Francis share a secret passion for Evgard, the fantasy world they have created together. But then Michael finds a note in his locker, revealing that the boys’ secret is out. Convinced Francis has been making fun of him all along; Michael gets revenge by telling the school bully that Francis is gay, guaranteeing that Francis will be next in line for a pounding. But did Francis really betray his friend? Or is Michael the real traitor?

This gripping story unfolds as both a contemporary story and an engrossing fantasy that brings the world of Evgard to life. Gamers, fantasy fans, and anyone who has felt alone in the world will be drawn to this unforgettable debut novel that tackles difficult issues without hesitation.
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The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture
Author: Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Genre: contemporary, thriller, erotica, horror
URL: Riptide Publishing
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit violence, forced incest, non-consent
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sublime service, made to order.

The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies.

Highly organized and frighteningly efficient, the Flesh Cartel could teach even the KGB a thing or two about breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again—as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please.

No matter what your secret tastes or dark desires, the Flesh Cartel—for the right price, of course—will hand-design the plaything of your dreams.
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Tigerland by Sean Kennedy

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Tigerland
Author: Sean Kennedy
Genre: m/m, gay romance, contemporary
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$6.99/$17.99
Other Information/warnings: weaponised sarcasm
Summary [from the publisher]:
After an eventful and sometimes uncomfortably public courtship, Simon Murray and Declan Tyler settled into a comfortable life together. Now retired from the AFL, Declan works as a football commentator; Simon develops programs with queer content for a community television station.

Despite their public professional lives, Simon and Declan manage to keep their private life out of the spotlight. Their major concerns revolve around supporting their friends through infertility and relationship problems—until Greg Heyward, Declan’s ex-partner, outs himself in a transparent bid for attention.

Though Simon and Declan are furious with Greg and his media antics, they can’t agree on what to do about it. Declan insists they should maintain a dignified silence, but both he and Simon keep getting drawn into Heyward’s games. Simon and Declan will once again have to ride out the media storm before they can return their attention to what really matters: each other.

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Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Cresting Tide
Author: Brenda Cothern
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: Contains m/m and hermaphrodite sexual practices
Summary [from the publisher]:
Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf.

Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home.

Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destined to be torn apart by their different worlds?
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