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Aki’s Love Song by Sedonia Guillone

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Aki’s Love Song
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Ai Press
Price: US $0.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Since high school, Tamotsu has watched his best friend Aki grow from a rebellious but musically talented teenager to one of the most popular music artists in Japan. Though he’s been secretly in love with Aki for years, enduring the endless string of admirers Aki takes for lovers, Tamotsu suffers silently because he knows deep down that he is really the one person in the world Aki turns to for true friendship and solace.

But when Aki unveils an unknown and haunting love song he’s composed in secret during a concert, Tamotsu fears that Aki has finally found someone he can have a lasting relationship with. Only such a deep, abiding passion could inspire a song that beautiful.

Is Aki really saying good bye to him in the only way he can, through his music? Or is Aki telling Tamotsu something else?

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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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Diventando: The Vessel by J.C. Wallace

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Diventando: The Vessel
Author: J.C. Wallace
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
URL: Amber Quill Press
Price: US $6.00
Summary [from the publisher]:
Owen McIntyre is no stranger to the Grim Reaper. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of fifteen, he’s spent the last ten years slowly dying. With only two weeks until his next checkup, Owen’s body is already warning him that he is no longer in remission. Tired of the countless meds and chemo, not to mention the way his family coddles him, he decides to live and die on his own terms and forgo treatment. When he meets a lively college professor named Turk, conquering the man becomes part of Owen’s bucket list. But as Owen gets to know Turk, he starts to see him as more than a fling, a luxury that a dying man doesn’t have.

But what if, suddenly, everything Owen knew to be true turned out to be a web of lies and deceit—even his diagnosis of cancer?

Taken hostage, tied to a bed and subjected to painful experimentation, Owen’s nightmare of leukemia is a far cry from the horrors he will face. No longer able to trust anyone in his life, including Turk, Owen is alone and cut off from the world. He has to make the hard decision to trust those who have betrayed him, including Turk (for whom he deeply cares), or die a lonely death.

Soon, with time running out, Owen will not only fight to live, but fight to want to live again. But will that be enough to save him from the evil that lurks inside his body and mind?

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If There’s A Heaven Above by Andrew Demcak

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: If There’s A Heaven Above
Author: Andrew Demcak
Genre: GLBT Fiction
URL: JMS Books
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
It’s the early 1980’s and Matt is on the cusp of adulthood in the flickering shadows of Los Angeles’ Gothic music scene. He dives into a pulsating world of death-rock music, sexy musicians, and strung-out groupies in leather bondage pants and vampire makeup. Through the faded glamour and glittering whirlpool of alcohol and drugs, Matt moves from one good time to the next, searching for something more.

Then he meets Patch: shirtless, tribal-tattooed, wearing cut-off jean shorts still damp from an afternoon at the beach. Patch is a punk-rock Adonis who wears his dark hair spiked up and whose blue eyes are bloodshot from too much late-night fun. Patch doesn’t say much when they first meet, but his body speaks to Matt’s on a cellular level, pure chemistry. To Matt, Patch’s tattoos tell him they are part of an invisible tribe, the night people.

But one night is all Matt gets with Patch before he disappears into the neon-washed streets. Matt sets out to find him again, sure Patch is “the One.” Along for the ride are his friends Annie and Suzy, one straight, one gay. Wearing too much Aqua-Net and torn fishnets, the girls cruise L.A. in a white Mustang whose seat belts are perfect beer bottle openers. The ultimate Goths, they adore Siouxsie and the Banshees, paint their eyes with kohl, and vow to help Matt in his quest to hook up with Patch.

Will Matt be able to find Patch in L.A.’s drug-soaked clubs? Will one night be all he gets with the man of his dreams? If there’s a heaven above, will Matt ever find it?

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Stung by K.A. Merikan

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Stung
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: romance, fantasy, horror
URL: Smashwords
Price: US $3.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
October 1907, Honeyhill

Twenty years into the zombie Plague. Kidnapped into slavery in a forced labour camp, Victor decides he needs an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor. But with a sadistic guard tormenting Victor, he needs to find a way out. His new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.

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Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

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Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Love Rising
Author: Piper Vaughn
Genre: fantasy, romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

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The Case of the Cockamamie Killer by David M Brown

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Case of the Cockamamie Killer
Author: David M Brown
Genre: satire, mystery
URL: Smashwords
Price: $2.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, homophobic language, rape, torture, death of a child
Summary [from the author]:

When a colleague is slain in cold blood, tough-guy word processor and private detective Chak Charon investigates—and soon finds himself out of a job, snatched from his apartment, and audited to within an inch of his life. Pursued by a vicious IRS agent, Charon takes refuge in a Chinatown boarding house and proceeds to discover the tax agency’s dirty little secret…at great cost.

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Ann’s Mini-Reviews for March 2010

These are a round up of books I have read recently and have yet to work up into a full review. I may never do so 🙂 Caveat lector etc. Continue reading →

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Brushback by Jamie Scofield

Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Brushback
Author: Jamie Scofield
Genre: Contemporary detective mystery
URL: Dancing Fool Press
Price: $US 4.99
Other Information/warnings: graphic violence (including against women), references to miscarriage.
Summary [from the publisher]:
It couldn’t be simpler. All Evan Austin needed to do was find R.J. Gibson before his eighteenth birthday and the kid would inherit a huge trust fund. Everybody would go home happy: R.J. would be set for life, the mom would appease her guilt, and maybe Evan would finally be able to put a tragic case from his past behind him.

But nothing in life is ever that easy. Adding to the confusion are a young woman whose boyfriend liked to slap her around and the murder of an Assistant U.S. District Attorney, for which one of Evan’s former clients is now a suspect. Throw in his growing attraction to R.J.’s guardian, artist Roman Cavanaugh, plus the Mariners having another really bad season, and Evan’s got a bit more on his plate than he can handle.

Not that it’s ever stopped him before.

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Sleight of Hand by Katrina Strauss – review

Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 

Title: Sleight of Hand
Author: Katrina Strauss
Genre: Paranormal erotic
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US$2.50
Other Information/warnings:
Explicit sex, very mild violence, questionable consent
Summary (from the publisher):
What if the man of your dreams is also the one of your nightmares? Edwin Matthews just wants to get some sleep. Traveling by steam train with his family, the melancholic nineteen year old is plagued by restless nights and recurring dreams of a fiery disaster. When a mysterious magician comes aboard, the troubled insomniac’s trip takes an interesting turn.

Tall, dark, and incredibly handsome, the flamboyant Sir Marco Satori offers to cure what ails Edwin. Spurred by equal parts curiosity, desperation, and attraction, Edwin agrees to the experiment. Suddenly he finds his quiet journey turned into a wild ride of life, love, sex, death..and a few strange things in between.

He also finds himself claimed—in more ways than one—while a promise of “eternity” may be more than Edwin bargains for.

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