Archive for April, 2011

Son of a Gun by AM Riley

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Son of a Gun
Author: AM Riley
Genre: Mystery, m/m romance
URL: ManLoveRomance Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

Politics, drugs and secrets from the past collide in the town of Boerne Texas and end in a chase across the Devil’s Backbone.

Stefan Sanchez’s number one reason to leave Texas was closeted deputy Chet Blain. When Stefan returns for the funeral of his best friend, he is confronted by painful memories, Chet’s recriminations, and a hunky Secret Service agent who seems determined to make Stefan’s business his business.

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Naked in the Rain by Eowyn Wood

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Naked in the Rain
Author: Eowyn Wood
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
URL: Crooked Hills Publishing
Price: US$ 13.95
Summary:
LOVE. SEX. POWER.

They seem like opposites: River’s a troubled teen who loves to fight; Brian is a piano prodigy who attempted suicide. But together they forge a bond beyond anything they imagined.

River and Brian run away with dreams of escaping their abusive homes and exploring the world. But reality hits as they wander the streets of Los Angeles: no money, no food, nowhere to go. Until they meet a stranger who will change their lives forever . . . .

Lured into a world of drugs, sex and power; a world of seductive beauty and terrible secrets. Can they escape? Do they want to?

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The Hired Man by Jan Irving

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Hired Man
Author: Jan Irving
Genre: Historical Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$ 6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Reverend Ian Kenyon knows the harsh sting of life and how a man can suffer a loss of faith. The death of his wife and newborn son shook him to his foundations, and he’s been drifting ever since. Bryn Morgan has returned home from prison to the only family he has—an abusive father who abandoned him to the law when Bryn was unjustly accused of rape. Still poor, lost, and shunned, Bryn searches for work, any work that will allow him to survive.

Reluctantly moved by Bryn’s plight, Ian hires the young man to work on his farm despite Bryn’s prickly, defensive nature. Soon Ian fears his growing feelings of grace and compassion might be something else, something more… heated. Whatever the cause, he knows they are impossible to pursue, because Heaven only knows what would happen if a man of God began to have forbidden feelings for his hired man.
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Night Shift by Red Haircrow

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Night Shift
Author: Red Haircrow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
URL: JMS Books
Price: US$ 3.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
To escape a troubled home, Jamie works the night shift at a department store with a rag-tag group of punks, war veterans, and bickering couples. He’s unsure what direction he wants to take in life until a mysterious new co-worker arrives.

With his long ponytail, faint accent, and quiet manner, Derrick manages to disturb or fascinate everyone, not just one pint-sized Southern boy who wants to escape from his boring life.

Jamie finds himself falling for Derrick, but the older man harbors a secret that threatens to come between them.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
URL: Candlewick Press
Price: US$ 18.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
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Lies and Consequences by Kaje Harper

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: Lies and Consequences
Author: Kaje Harper
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Smashwords
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: violence, suspense, explicit m/m sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Chris Fletcher and Ian McCallum started out as a hook-up: no names, no strings, no future. But fate seemed determined to throw them together and each time was better than the last. Ian couldn’t help starting to think about forever.
Chris knew he shouldn’t take the chance. His life was a web of lies, from providing his Navy fiancee Jenny with a beard to the details of his fictional childhood. Ian would hate being deceived and a crash was inevitable. But Chris had never felt so deeply about a man before.
When the lies came out, Ian did walk away. But fate wasn’t done with them. Because Chris’s life was in danger, and only Ian was close enough to help. Now Ian had to decide where the deeper truths lay, and whether what he felt for Chris was still strong enough to risk his safety and his heart.

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Dragon Streets by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Dragon Streets
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: Fantasy, mystery
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$6.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, images of rape and abuse, explicit sexual content (m/m and het)
Summary [from the publisher]:

After Dale Burnett’s abusive common-law wife and innocent son are killed in a car accident, he finds the courage at last to express his bisexuality. And London is a city of hope and potential for a young American. But when a blind date goes horribly wrong, Dale is rescued by Phirun, a British Cambodian who has the astonishing ability to manipulate water. Dragons walk the streets, and they’ve taken human form to live in the world of Man. As two kinds of dragon wage a secret and vicious war, Phirun needs Dale’s help for his side to win, and the stakes include the very survival of the human race.

But one dragon crime boss won’t stop until he gets his hands on the American, who has a mysterious yet vital role to play. As Dale investigates, he grows closer to Phirun, but also to a compassionate female detective of the London police. If the battle is won, Dale must choose between a beautiful female cop who offers stability, affection, and a chance at a new family, or a gorgeous, unpredictable being who is more than man, who has given him ecstasy he has never known before.

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Death by Misfortune by AM Riley

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Death by Misfortune
Author: AM Riley
Genre: Detective mystery
URL: MLR Books
Price: US$8.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, references to abuse and BDSM, explicit m/m sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:

After a glamorous studio party, “Psychic to the Stars” Sylvie Black is found murdered in her fortune telling booth, a blood soaked tarot reading spread out before her. Shortly afterwards, the high-profile director who was about to produce Ms. Black’s ‘tell-all’ Hollywood screenplay, is found murdered as well. Closeted Homicide detective, Bill Turner, and his partner, Kate Crandall, find themselves sorting through a cast of likely suspects, who all seem to have secrets worth killing for. They soon run up against the studio rumor mill, and Jeremy Reilly, a young studio AD determined to protect their prime suspect.

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The Karma Booth by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Karma Booth
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: horror, science fiction/speculative
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$6.99
Other Information/warnings: Graphic violence (including against women and children), horror, mild sexual content (het)
Summary [from the publisher]:

They say, “Executing a murderer won’t bring your loved one back.” But now it can! The Karma Booth. It’s terrifying. It’s devastating. It will change history, ethics, religion, science, everything. What are its terrible secrets? How does it work? And how can it be stopped?

Ethics consultant and ex-diplomat Timothy Cale is hired by the U.S. government to investigate this earth-shattering scientific breakthrough, and he better do it soon because the moral quagmires and complications are multiplying. Cale and his partner, London police detective Crystal Anyanike, must stop a powerful psychopath on a killing spree while searching for the elusive billionaire behind the Booth’s invention, the one man with the answers to all their questions…

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