Archive for the ‘GLBT Fiction’ Category

Nelson & Caleb by Kaje Harper

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Nelson & Caleb
Author: Kaje Harper
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Nelson Dunn has a settled routine – an evening security-guard job, days off for his therapy dogs, occasional club sex, and good books. He sometimes dreams about more, but he’s made himself content. So when Hurricane Lauris strands Caleb Robertson at his house, Nelson has mixed feelings about having an attractive guy in his space. Especially when nothing more can possibly happen.

Caleb went to the hospital to get the cast off his broken foot. Instead, he finds himself waiting out the storm with Nelson, his three dogs, and a very wet cat. It’s less of a hardship than he’d have expected.

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Dead Ringer by Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Dead Ringer
Author: Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Riptide Publishing
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: dubious consent, emotional abuse
Summary [from the publisher]:
Brandon Ringer has a dead man’s face. His grandfather, silver-screen heartthrob James Ringer, died tragically at twenty-one, and Brandon looks exactly like him. But that’s where the resemblance ends. Brandon is unknown, unemployed, and up to his ears in bills after inheriting his grandparents’ Hollywood mansion. He refuses to sell it—it’s his last connection to his grandmother—so to raise the cash he needs, he joins a celebrity look-alike escort agency.

Percy Charles is chronically ill, isolated, and lonely. His only company is his meddlesome caregiver and his collection of James Ringer memorabilia. When he finds “Jim Ringer” on Hollywood Doubles’ website, he books an appointment, hoping to meet someone who shares his passion for his idol.

Brandon? Not that person.

But despite their differences, they connect, and Percy’s fanboy love for James shows Brandon a side of his grandfather he never knew. Soon they want time together off the clock, but Percy is losing his battle for independence, and Brandon feels trapped in James’s long shadow. Their struggle to love each other is the stuff of classic Hollywood. Too bad Brandon knows how those stories end.

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Bump in the Night by Rachel Haimowitz, editor

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Bump in the Night
Contributors: Laylah Hunter, Kari Gregg, Ally Blue, Brien Michaels, Peter Hansen, Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler
Genre: M/M, horror
URL: Riptide Publishing
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sexual content (non/dubious consent), explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Turn off the lights . . . and turn on your darkest fantasies.

Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.

Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.

By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.

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Puppet Boy by Christian Baines

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Puppet Boy
Author: Christian Baines
Genre: General fiction
URL: Bold Strokes Books
Price: US $9.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A school in turmoil over its senior play, a sly career as a teenage gigolo, an unpredictable girlfriend with damage of her own, and a dangerous housebreaker tied up downstairs. Any of these would make a great plot for budding filmmaker Eric’s first movie.

Unfortunately, they’re his real life.

When Julien, a handsome wannabe actor, transfers to Eric’s class, he’s a distraction, a rival, and one complication too many. Yet Eric can’t stop thinking about him. Helped by Eric’s girlfriend, Mary, they embark on a project that dangerously crosses the line between filmmaking and reality. As the boys become close, Eric soon wants to cross other lines entirely. Does Julien feel the same way, or is Eric being used on the gleefully twisted path to fame?

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Slam! by J.L. Merrow

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Slam!
Author: J.L. Merrow
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $5.50
Summary [from the publisher]:
Limericks, lies, and puppy-dog eyes…

Jude Biggerstaff is all the way out and loving it—mostly. The Anglo-Japanese university graduate is a carnivore working in a vegan café, an amateur poet with only one man in his life. His dog, Bubbles.

Then there’s “Karate Crumpet”, a man who regularly runs past the café with a martial arts class. Jude can only yearn from afar, until the object of his affection rescues him from muggers. And he learns that not only does this calm, competent hunk of muscle have a name—David—but that he’s gay.

Jude should have known the universe wouldn’t simply let love fall into place. First, David has only one foot out of the closet. Then there’s Jude’s mother, who lies about her age to the point Jude could be mistaken for jailbait.

With a maze of stories to keep straight, a potential stepfather in the picture, ex-boyfriends who keep spoiling his dates with David, and a friend with a dangerous secret, Jude is beginning to wonder if his and David’s lives will ever start to rhyme.

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Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Kick at the Darkness
Author: Keira Andrews
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit violence and sexual situations
Summary [from the publisher]:
To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.

College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.

But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.

A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they’re on the run—and stuck with each other.

When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker’s family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?

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Second Chances by T.A. Webb

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Second Chances
Author: T.A. Webb
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.

Despite their differences—Antonio is a divorced single father—the two men forge a firm friendship that weathers Mark’s reconciliation with Brian and Antonio’s questionable taste in women. Over the years, Antonio remains constant in his support, though others in Mark’s life come and go through a revolving door.

When a young boy runs away from the group home where he works, Mark finds another door opening. Through it all he holds on to the things his loved ones taught him—about family, about friends and lovers, about life and death. Most importantly, he realizes that sometimes the greatest gift of all is a second chance.

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Off-World by Jonah Bergan

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Off-World
Author: Jonah Bergan
Genre: Science Fiction
URL: Amazon
Price: US $3.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Set on a backwater little world somewhere in free space, Off-World is the story of Taine, a Hunter, an alien, one of the old gods with a taste for human spirit and an appetite he can barely control. All Taine wants is to get his boys back to his ship, but he finds himself driven further and further from the starport and deeper into a mystery of galactic import. With a war between the stars in the balance, and Taine himself growing hungrier by the minute, he finds that someone or something has other plans for him and his boys and indeed his home world.

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All Tied Up by T.T. Kove

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: All Tied Up
Author: T.T. Kove
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Arctic Circle Press
Price: US $.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A surprise birthday party set up by my mother, with all my loved ones gathered, was only the start. The surprise dinner my lover took me to after was far more enjoyable—once I realised his nervousness wasn’t about him wanting to break up with me, but rather wanting to spend the rest of our life together.

And after? Well, then it was time to do what I did best: tie Gray up and have my wicked way with him. And that, everyone, is definitely the most enjoyable part of it all.

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What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: What They Always Tell Us
Author: Martin Wilson
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Price: US $8.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.

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