Archive for the ‘GLBT Fiction’ Category

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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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Random House
Price: US $9.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls “open, frank, and ultimately optimistic.”

Based on true events—and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS—Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

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Bite by Sean Michael

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Rating: 3/10 ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Bite
Author: Sean Michael
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
URL: Amazon
Price: US $13.95
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Anton loves a well-prepared steak. That’s all he’s hoping for when he meets Greg, his new live-in chef. Flamboyant and confident, Greg attracts Anton immediately, and he finds himself wanting to know Greg better. Much better. It’s not just a normal attraction for Anton. He’s an unusual man, with unusual desires, and Greg seems to be filling a place in Anton’s life that he’s never explored. Anton prefers to be a civilized man and not let his werewolf self run free, but it’s the wolf that wants to claim Greg for a mate. Someone disapproves of Anton’s relationship with Greg. Someone close to Anton, someone inside his carefully controlled household. As he and Greg come closer and closer to mating for life, the danger gets nearer, forcing them to depend on each other to stay safe, and for Greg to stay sane. Can Anton convince Greg that his wolf would never hurt him and keep Greg safe from the menace outside their relationship, too? Sexy, razor sharp and fast-paced, Bite will keep your heart racing!

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Simon & Schuster
Price: US $11.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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Tame a Wild Human by Kari Gregg

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Tame a Wild Human
Author: Kari Gregg
Genre: Erotica, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
URL: Riptide Publishing
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit violence, non-consent, dubious consent
Summary [from the publisher]:
Drugged, bound, and left as bait on the cusp of the lunar cycle, Wyatt Redding is faced with a terrifying set of no-win scenarios. Best case: he survives the coming days as a werewolf pack’s plaything and returns to the city as a second-class citizen with the mark—and protection—of the pack. Worst case: the wolves sate their lusts with Wyatt’s body, then send him home without their protection, condemning him to live out the rest of his short life as a slave to the worst of humanity’s scorn and abuse.

Wyatt’s only chance is to swallow every ounce of pride, bury his fear, and meekly comply with every wicked desire and carnal demand the wolf pack makes of him. He expects three days of sex and humiliation. What he doesn’t expect is to start enjoying it. Or to grow attached to his captor and pack Alpha, Cole.

As the lunar cycle ends, Wyatt begins to realize that the only thing to fear more than being sent home without the pack’s protection is being sent home at all.

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