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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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If All the Sand Were Pearl by Pepper Espinoza

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: If All the Sand Were Pearl
Author: Pepper Espinoza
Genre: Erotica
Price: US$3.50
URL: Samhain
Summary (from the Publisher): A Calling of Souls story. Love…or freedom?
As a youngest son, Jag Martin has eagerly walked a life-long path toward the priesthood. Then his once-great family falters under a mountain of debt. Their only hope—marry Jag off to an appropriately wealthy suitor. Brace Rivers desperately wants more than just a short fling. However, his economic and political reality makes finding an appropriate male partner next to impossible. When the Martin family offers Jag’s hand, it’s a dream come true. But his suspicions mount that the young man is being forced into an unwanted marriage.

Compassion wins out over loneliness, and Brace offers Jag a pearl ring valuable enough to both save his family’s fortunes and give him freedom. There’s just one thing Brace wants in return—twenty-four hours together. Brace can only pray it’s long enough to convince Jag that a life together is worth more than all the pearls in the sea.

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Erotic Fantastic: The Best of Circlet Press 1992-2002 (Kindle Edition) – review

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Erotic Fantastic:  The Best of Circlet Press 1992-2002 (Kindle Edition)
Author: Multiple, Edited by Cecilia Tan
Genre: S/F, Fantasy Erotica
URL: Amazon Kindle Store
Price: U.S.$7.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m, m/f, m/m/f, violence, underage sex
Summary (from the publisher): In the first ten years of its existence, Circlet Press published over thirty anthologies and several single-author works, all the time pushing at the boundaries of sf/f and Erotica and fusing the two together. This is a collection of the very best and brightest of this unique publisher and unique genre, with twenty-five stories picked from the hundreds Circlet has put into print. Includes Francesca Lia Block, Catherine Asaro, M. Christian, Thomas S. Roche, Laura Antoniou, and many many more.  This is an updated edition for Kindle, fixing previous formatting failures.

N.B.: The review version of the book I received has only 23 short stories and not the 25 referenced in the publisher’s summary.  It is unknown if the Kindle version contains 25 stories or the 23 reviewed here.

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The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack – review

Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Title: The Sweet Flag
Author: Jeanne Barrack
Genre: M/M paranormal romance/erotica
URL: Loose ID
Price: US$4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m sex, some minor violence, dubious consent
Summary [from the publisher]: Brandon Keats is a paranormal investigator, specializing in Civil War phenomena. As a gay man, he’s searched for years for evidence of gay paranormal activity. When he finally finds what he believes to be an example of this, he decides to confront the ghost of a homosexual Civil War soldier at the grave where he’s been sighted.

Ron Tayvail has guarded the grave of Matthew Hardesty for years. When he learns of Brandon’s interest in the legend of “The Vigilant Soldier”, he’s determined to dissuade him from any deeper investigation. He didn’t realize that he’d fall in love with the fellow on first sight. And yearn to become his lover. For always.

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Blue Collar: A Torquere Press Taste Test – review

Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ Title: Blue Collar: A Torquere Press Taste Test
Authors: Mychael Black, Laney Cairo, Jay Lygon, Angelia Sparrow
Genre: Gay erotica
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
Blue collar boys are all about playing as hard as they work. That’s the idea behind this Taste Test. From truckers to dock workers and bike mechanics, these boys are all about greasing up and getting down.

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