Asylum by Robert Winter


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Asylum
Author: Robert Winter
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $3.99
Other Information/warnings: Brief references to off-page sexual abuse of a child and adult
Summary [from the publisher]:
Death threats drove him from his country. Can he ever find asylum from his past?

Hernán had family, college, and a future in El Salvador. Until a vicious gang targeted him as gay. Threatened with murder, he braved a nightmare journey toward a new life. Now, haunted by his trek, he hides from immigration trouble as well as his enemies. He prays to pass in Provincetown unnoticed.
But a handsome man with a secret like Hernán’s is vulnerable to predators.
Colin is in town for a wedding when he falls into the harbor. The man who rescues him is dark-haired, dark eyed and gorgeous. He’s also a target because of his immigration status. Colin owes a debt, and wants to repay it by helping his savior escape the monsters who would exploit him.
Hernán yearns to trust the kind man who offers him sanctuary. Will his demons destroy his chance at a future with Colin?

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Ground Zero by Andrew Holleran


Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Ground Zero
Author: Andrew Holleran
Genre: Non-Fiction
Price: Out of Print
Summary [from the publisher]:
Angry, frightened, sorrowful, yet filled with caring and compassion, this collection of deeply personal and powerful essays ponders how the AIDS epidemic has changed life for gay men, especially those in New York City.

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Vampire Claus by Robert Winter


Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Vampire Claus
Author: Robert Winter
Genre: M/M romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
’Twas the night before Christmas, but what’s stirring is a little more dangerous than a mouse.

Taviano is nearly two hundred years old and never wakes in the same place twice. Weary and jaded, the vampire still indulges in memories of childhood Christmases in Naples. He lingers in shadow, spying on mortals as they enjoy the holiday.

When Taviano spots a handsome young man in Boston loaded down with presents and about to be mugged, he can’t help but intervene. Soon he’s talking to joyous, naïve, strong-willed and funny Paul, a short-order cook who raised funds to buy Christmas presents for LGBTQ children. Before he knows what’s happened, Taviano is wrapped up in Paul’s arms and then in his scheme to get the presents delivered by Christmas morning.

A vampire turned into a Christmas elf… What could go wrong?

Vampire Claus is a 30,000-word standalone gay romance about a lonely vampire and a fearless mortal with no instinct for self-preservation. A heartwarming ending, no cliffhanger, and a young man who discovers he has a thing for fangs. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

My review: Continue reading Vampire Claus by Robert Winter

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Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera


Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera
Author: Amy Brandt (Editor), Tseng Kwong Chi (Artist)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art
URL: Chrysler Museum of Art/Grey Art Gallery/Lyon Artbooks
Price: US $55.00
Summary [from the publisher]:
This volume is the first comprehensive survey of the work of Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–90), a revered photographer and performance artist of the 1980s. Reproducing more than 100 works by Tseng from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, and including archival materials from his commissions for the Soho Weekly News, the book presents Tseng’s best-known self-portrait series, East Meets West, as well as lesser–known works, plus portraits of his friends Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, among others.

My review: Continue reading Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

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Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway


Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Spectacularly Broken
Author: Sage C. Holloway
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Out of Print
Summary [from the publisher]:
Turns out naked and hungover on the floor is not the most strategically sound place to be when your dad comes home early. Take it from someone who learned the hard way: nineteen-year-old Lysander Shepherd – son of movie stars, spoiled brat, enthusiastic proponent of drugs and orgies… and now, unwilling resident of Oak Hill Manor, a retreat for troubled teenagers.

Before he knows what’s happening, his designer duds have been switched for tie-dye shirts in therapy team colors, and he is surrounded by an assortment of misfits: a timid nerd, a mute girl, a hyperactive kid… and captivating loner Cai Fields, who is admittedly pretty hot, but seems to hate the world in general and Lysander in particular.

Soon Lysander struggles with lies, withdrawal, and several uncomfortable revelations that he never intended to make, but he also gains surprising amounts of support right in the middle of secret late-night parties, fisticuffs over doing the dishes, and, of all things, croissant blackmail. Even as Cai and Lysander finally give in to the irresistible attraction between them and make a grasp for happiness, their darkest secrets remain – secrets with the power to destroy everything they’ve fought so hard to have.

My review: Continue reading Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway

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Scarlet & The White Wolf by Kirby Crow


Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Pedlar and the Bandit King
Author: Kirby Crow
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Scarlet of Lysia is an honest peddler, a young merchant traveling the wild, undefended roads to support his aging parents. Liall, called the Wolf of Omara, is the handsome, world-weary chieftain of a tribe of bandits blocking a mountain road that Scarlet needs to cross. When Liall jokingly demands a carnal toll for the privilege, Scarlet refuses and an inventive battle of wills ensues, with disastrous results. Scarlet is convinced that Liall is a worthless, immoral rogue, but when the hostile countryside explodes into violence and Liall unexpectedly fights to save the lives of Scarlet’s family, Scarlet is forced to admit that the Wolf is not the worst ally he could have, but what price will proud Scarlet ultimately have to pay for Liall’s friendship?

My review: Continue reading Scarlet & The White Wolf by Kirby Crow

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City Knight Compilation by T.A. Webb


Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: City Knight Compilation
Author: T.A. Webb
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
“Once upon a time, in the kingdom of the south, there was a scared young man named Sir Benjamin. Now, Sir Benjamin, he’d been alone since he was a young man, and nobody wanted him and he didn’t want anyone. At least, he didn’t think he did. Then along came the City Knight, Sir Marcus, who was charged with protecting the people of the kingdom. His armor was a little dinged, and his heart a little tired, because he’d loved and lost and wasn’t sure he could love again. Then one wet, cold night, he met Sir Benjamin, and rescued him.”

Marcus felt a single tear run slowly down his cheek. “No, baby, you have that wrong. It was Sir Benjamin who rescued Sir Marcus.”

Benjamin kissed the tear away and whispered, “They rescued each other. But, baby, it’s not the end. With you, it will never be the end.”

My review: Continue reading City Knight Compilation by T.A. Webb

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Bound for Trouble by E.M. Lynley


Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Bound for Trouble
Author: E.M. Lynley
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: Some explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.

Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.

When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.

Now Deke has to choose between Ryan’s safety and his own future.

My review: Continue reading Bound for Trouble by E.M. Lynley

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Regarding Santino Hassell

We have not reviewed any books by this author, and we will not be doing so in future. For further information, please visit the links below:

https://www.goodreads.com/user_status/show/164624031

http://riptidepublishing.com/a-statement-on-sh

https://thesaltminers.tumblr.com/

We will also not be reviewing any new books by Vanessa North, Megan Erickson, or L A Witt (under various pseudonyms) not simply for their enabling of this fraudster, but also their egregious abuser of readers and victims caught up by this person(s).

I wish to extend my personal sympathy and support to the victims, and I encourage our readers to look up the details of this matter. There are far too many fakers in the m/m genre. It has to stop.

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The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Last Place You Look
Author: Kristen Lepionka
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
URL: Minotaur Books
Price: US $25.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit.

Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton—black and from the wrong side of the tracks—was convicted of the murders and is now on death row. Though he’s maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah.

Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isn’t doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl.

The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers who’ve turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this case—hers included.

My review: Continue reading The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

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