Buddha on the Road by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Buddha on the Road
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: Mystery/suspense, gay fiction
URL: Smashwords
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, reference to torture
Summary [from the publisher]:

Burma is known as “The Golden Land.” And for Brin Harper, Burma means golden memories from a youth spent in an exotic country with his mother, an accomplished diplomat.

But today Brin Harper is an NYPD homicide detective haunted by his mother’s suicide, and his grief is slowly eroding his relationship with his journalist boyfriend, Richard. Now a set of vicious murders is about to dredge up secrets and bitter regrets from thousands of miles away and many years ago.

The trail leads to a strange monk who doesn’t behave at all like a holy man. Brin is faced with a range of suspects, including the American widower of dissident Marlar Swe, to his on-again, off-again lover, Aung, a quiet professor who has survived time in Burma’s infamous Insein Prison.

As the killer claims more victims, each murdered in a fashion inspired by Burmese culture, Brin must confront his own past and play a duel of wits with the monk, trying to decipher what his role is in the case. And disturbing revelations wait for Brin when he exposes the murderer…

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The Only Gold by Tamara Allen

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: The Only Gold
Author: Tamara Allen
Genre: Historical (late 19th century)
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$6.99 (ebook), US$ 17.99 (paperback)
Other Information/warnings: violence, sexual (non-explicit) content
Summary [from the publisher]:

Jonah Woolner’s life is as prudently regulated as the bank where he works. It’s a satisfying life until he’s passed over for promotion in favor of newcomer Reid Hylliard. Brash and enterprising, Reid beguiles everyone except Jonah, who’s convinced Reid’s progressive ideas will be the bank’s ruin. When Jonah begins to discover there’s more to Reid than meets the eye, he risks succumbing to Reid’s charms—but unlocking the vault to all of Reid’s secrets could lead him down a dangerous path.

Losing his promotion—and perhaps his heart—is the least of Jonah’s difficulties. When the vengeful son of a Union army vet descends upon the bank to steal a government deposit of half a million dollars during the deadliest blizzard to ever sweep New York, Jonah and Reid are trapped, at odds and fighting for their lives.

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Arabesque by Hayden Thorne

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: Arabesque
Author: Hayden Thorne
Genre: fairy tale, horror, gay romance
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$2.99
Other Information/warnings: horror, violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Alarick, the son of a sorceress-queen, falls in love with a childhood friend, and their romance stirs the fires that soon rage through a corrupt and decadent court. Separated during a bloody uprising, Roald and Alarick become ensnared in adventures designed to twist their characters and destroy their minds, and they find themselves fighting for their souls in the face of dark magic.

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