Posts Tagged ‘5 stars’

More Than Friends by Aria Grace

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Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: More Than Friends
Author: Aria Grace
Genre: M/M romance
URL: Amazon
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Tired of moping around after the breakup of his long term girlfriend, Ryan knew he needed a hookup to get him out of his funk. When he met Drea, he hoped she might be the one. But when he felt more chemistry with her gay cousin Zach, Ryan felt more confused and terrified than he had in his life. He wasn’t gay but he wanted to be with Zach. How could it possibly work?

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Pine Valley by Ged Ruggles

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Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Pine Valley
Author: Ged Ruggles
Genre: Romance, Mystery
URL: Amazon
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Most men of ambition would kill for the chance to play a bracing game at Pine Valley, the most celebrated, and exclusive, golf course in the world. And in the summer of his 30th birthday, Jeff Carpenter gets his chance.

Trouble is, Jeff isn’t exactly a man of ambition, having put his literary dreams on hold 10 years ago for a soulless back office job. Nor did he ever master the art of the swing farther than once making par on the giant dinosaur hole at his local childhood mini golf.

But a chance encounter with the son of Pine Valley’s most senior councilman at a Philadelphia gay bar, sparks a clandestine romance that plunges Jeff into a web of intrigue that threatens Pine Valley’s very existence.

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One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: One Last Lie
Author: Rob Kaufman
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 7.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Philip and Jonathan have had the perfect life together for ten years – fulfilling every dream, except that of having a child. Along comes Angela, Philip’s college friend who apparently conquered her old demons of obesity and manic-depression.

After reacquainting and becoming good friends, the three decide to have a child together through artificial insemination of Jonathan’s sperm. From that point, Philip and Jonathan’s idyllic life begins to unravel. Angela’s mask of deceit gradually slips as her pregnancy awakens psychological and physical problems, leaving Philip and Jonathan regretting ever allowing her into their lives.

Told from an elderly Jonathan’s hospital bed, Angela’s tangled web unwinds into heartbreak, deception, legal battles, and finally murder – with a surprise ending no one ever imagined
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Dylan by D.V. Patton

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Dylan
Author: D.V. Patton
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Being seventeen is never easy, especially for a compulsive and impulsive young gay man. Meet Dylan Doyle, an earnest student of life.

As the embers of summer fade away, Dylan learns that the path to adulthood is a long and treacherous road. The certainties of his life are stripped away by betrayal and plain bad fortune.

Yet his optimism never fades, and Dylan might find, that salvation was watching over his shoulder the whole time. Sometimes, the journey to being a man is as important as the destination.

Dylan is the story of love lost, and found again in the most unexpected place…where it always was.
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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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Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Black Girl in Paris
Author: Shay Youngblood
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Price: Out of print
Summary:
Shay Youngblood’s debut novel, Soul Kiss, received accolades from reviewers and writers alike. The Washington Post hailed it as “intelligent and erotic … immensely engrossing and satisfying,” while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it “exquisite.” Tina McElroy Ansa described it as “extraordinary … lyrical, intimate, funny, unsettling, enthralling.” Now, in her second novel, Youngblood explores the endeavor of a creative coming-of-age, and infuses her story with the same mesmerizing, lush language and impressionistic style that won her so many fans the first time around.

Black Girl in Paris wends its way around the mythology of Paris as a city that has called out to African-American artists. Like James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Josephine Baker before her, Youngblood’s heroine leaves her home, in the American South, nurturing a dream of finding artistic emancipation in the City of Light. She experiments freely, inhabiting different incarnations–artist’s model, poet’s helper, au pair, teacher, thief, and lover–to keep body and soul together, to stay afloat, heal the wounds of her broken heart, discover her sexual self, and, finally, to wrestle her dreams of becoming a writer into reality.

Youngblood’s lyricism, as effortless as an inspired improvisation, and her respect for the tradition she depicts create a natural tension between old and new, reverence and innovation, and tell a story at once timeless and immediate.
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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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Wicked Hearts by Claire Thompson

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Wicked Hearts
Author: Claire Thompson
Genre: Contemporary
URL: Romance Unbound
Price: $5.95
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m, bad language, reference to past violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…”

Reese and Hank are used to taking what they want, just because they can. What begins as a cynical seduction heats into dangerous desire, threatening to shatter more than one heart in this tale of love and betrayal

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Escaping Darkside by Amanda Steiger – review

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Escaping Darkside
Author: Amanda Steiger
Genre: Fantasy/romance
URL: Changeling Press
Price: US $4.49
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit m/m, gawdawful Poser Cover
Summary [from the publisher]:

Death is just the beginning of Christian’s problems. After he’s killed in a hit and run accident, he wakes up in Darkside — the demon-infested world between life and death — and learns that he’s being hunted by the merciless Council.

Then he meets Seth, an inhumanly beautiful man with silver hair and golden eyes. He offers Christian his protection, and a glimmer of hope. At the far end of Darkside is a door to Earth. If Christian can reach it, he’ll have a second chance at life.

There is only one problem. Going back to Earth will mean leaving Seth behind forever… and Christian is falling in love with him.

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The Fair Cop by Philip Markham – review

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ Title: The Fair Cop
Author: Philip Markham
Genre: 1950’s crime noir
URL: Out of print. Buy used or new from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, or various second hand book dealers
Price: from US $9.49 /UK£ 9.99
Other Information/warnings: BDSM, graphic m/m, m/m/m sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
The second world war is over and America is getting back to business as usual. In 1950s New York, that means dirty business. Hanson’s a copy who’s been dealt a lousy hand, but the Stein case is his big chance. How many junior detectives get handed blackmail, murder and perverted sex all in one day?

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