Posts Tagged ‘6 stars’

After Ben by Con Riley


Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: After Ben
Author: Con Riley
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A Seattle Stories novel

A year after the sudden death of his longtime partner, Ben, Theo Anderson is still grieving. The last thing he’s looking for is a new lover. But as Theo soon discovers, sometimes life has other plans.

While Theo experiences a powerful physical attraction to fellow gym member Peter, it’s his new online friend, Morgan, who provides the intellectual challenge to make him come alive. Morgan is witty, brave, and irreverent, and Theo is ready to take the plunge… until he discovers Morgan might be half his age.

Theo’s late partner was significantly older—enough to strain Theo’s relationship with his family—and the potential of another relationship being cut short leaves him gunshy. Theo needs to lay Ben’s memory to rest, reconcile with his family, and rekindle neglected friendships if he’s to start afresh with a new lover. But Theo isn’t the only one with a past.

His biggest challenge, in living after Ben, might not be his to face.

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A Change of Pace by Tielle St. Clare

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: A Change of Pace
Author: Tielle St. Clare
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $1.49
Summary [from the publisher]:
Aiden has a few simple goals in life—teach his students well, find a stable lover and stop lusting after the sexy local sheriff. He’s pretty sure the guy is straight, after all, his son is one of Aiden’s students. It’s best for everyone if he keeps his eyes (and hands) to himself.

But Knox has other plans. The prickly little tutor who teaches his son is pretty damn sexy and so easy to tease. When they find themselves alone for the evening, he decides he’s only going to get one chance to see if Aiden is always that uptight or if he lets loose when he’s in bed.

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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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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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Cherry Pop Valentine by Debbie McGowan

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Cherry Pop Valentine
Author: Debbie McGowan
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Beaten Track Publishing
Price: £0.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Their band’s new single is due to be released in four days’ time and lovers Sven and Flavier are beyond excited. It’s tipped to be a big hit, and Flav can’t wait to see the online reaction to the promo film he’s made.

But when he joins Sven in bed, he couldn’t even begin to imagine the fallout that will ensue when he awakes, and all his dreams are shattered with just one click of an upload button.

Can he fix the damage caused by that one careless click or will he be condemned to endure Valentine’s Day alone?

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Ink and Shadows by Rhys Ford

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Ink and Shadows
Author: Rhys Ford
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
URL: DSP Publications
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.

For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.

And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.

The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.

Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.

When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.

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Fidelity by Lia Black

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Fidelity
Author: Lia Black
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
URL: VineDark/BlackHouse Press
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content, explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
How far can a man go in the name of faith?

Father Gareth De’Aubyn is a man tormented by his past and ready to sell his future to save the souls of his flock. He’s traded his Crusader’s armor for a cassock, and now ministers to the very people his army sent fleeing for their lives. When his church is attacked by unknown assassins, Gareth is mortally wounded, and with his dying breath, he calls out to the Creator for help.

But his god does not answer.

Instead, a demon heeds his call, cajoling him to promise his soul to the Sunderer, god of the underworld, for a chance to set everything right.

Fydelis was once an angel. Gareth’s Guardian Angel. But his love for Gareth caused him to fall from the heavens, and the Angel of Fidelity has become the demonic aspect of Regret. He is now the unwilling plaything of the Sunderer, the darkest of all dark gods. Seeing his Crusader again—a man he thought had abandoned him— is more cruelty than he can take. Fydelis, now a stranger to Gareth, is sent to the mortal world to make the dying priest an offer he can’t refuse, and in return, Gareth is tasked with the collection of some very stubborn souls.

Together, they begin a journey that will test everything they thought they knew about faith, love, and fidelity.

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Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Rubble and the Wreckage
Author: Rodd Clark
Genre: M/M Romance, Thriller
URL: Driven Press
Price: US $5.38
Other Information/warnings: Explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told. Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted. There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

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The Adventures of Cole and Perry by Amanda C. Stone

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Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Adventures of Cole and Perry
Author: Amanda C. Stone
Genre: M/M romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.

The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he’s unsure how the night will end.

The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn’t want to shoot Perry.

The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole’s nervous and doesn’t want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.

The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.

The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she’s up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.

The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn’t ask the same question.

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