Posts Tagged ‘7 stars’

Reaping Havoc by A.J. Rose

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Reaping Havoc
Author: A.J. Rose
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
URL: The Grim Writer Press
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
No one asked Mitch Seeker if he wanted to be a grim reaper. He didn’t sign up for the rumors, the lack of friends, or the erratic schedule. He doesn’t want to go through life watching people die. Especially not a man he loves. Mitch’s solution is simple—don’t fall in love. He’ll never have to explain why he doesn’t age or why he’s around death so often. Most of all, he will never be a widower.

But when his head is turned by world-class skier Nate Koehn, Mitch believes he may have the answer. If the soul attached to Nate is any indication, Mitch has found himself another reaper, in which case, his undeniable feelings don’t have to be suppressed. However, the spectral tag-a-long is only the beginning of Nate’s burdens. After a catastrophic loss, Nate is no stranger to grief and the hole it leaves behind.

The question they both must answer is loud and clear: is the pain of losing love worse than the pain of never having loved at all?

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Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Off Campus
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $6.50
Summary [from the publisher]:
With his father’s ponzi scheme assets frozen, Tom Worthington believes finishing college is impossible unless he can pay his own way. After months sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, he’s ready to do just that.

But his new, older-student housing comes with an unapologetically gay roommate. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.

Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with his gruff new roommate. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ’em all. He plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom moves out. But soon it becomes clear Tom isn’t budging.

Tom isn’t going to let some late-night sex noise scare him off, especially when it’s turning him on. But he doesn’t want any drama either. He’ll keep his hands, if not his eyes, to himself. Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths, though. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend…before they break.

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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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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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The Courage to Heal by Hunter Frost

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: The Courage to Heal
Author: Hunter Frost
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: JMS Books
Price: US $3.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Former U.S. Army Sergeant Wade Carter returned from Afghanistan a broken man. Permanently injured and weighed down with PTSD, his scars run deeper than flesh and bone. When his regular physical therapist is taken ill, the sexy replacement doctor has Wade wishing he’d touch much more of his body than his busted leg.

Dr. Jesse Okenah isn’t a beginner when it comes to working with veterans, but his new patient stirs up feelings that go beyond professional. It’s Wade’s wounded soul, more than his mangled leg, that needs TLC in order for him to live a healthy, fulfilling life again. Jesse just needs to figure out how to deliver that care to the stubborn vet without crossing a line — and losing his heart.

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High Five Dive by Adrian Fridge

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: High Five Dive
Author: Adrian Fridge
Genre: M/M romance, speculative fiction
URL: Amazon
Price: FREE
Summary [from the publisher]:
t’s been 200 years since mankind first settled on Mars… and found about about the aliens… and had a big War… but this is not about all that.

After his ship stalls on his way back to the Mars colonies, Clark Waters is forced to confront his childhood menace and brother’s best friend, the very same Evan Mitford who owns the repair shop in charge of fixing this problem. Hot, hot Evan who he’s been secretly attracted to for ages and who is now invading every inch of his life. Insults traded and barriers broken, someone’s getting f*cked.

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Bear Hunter by Albert Nothlit

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Bear Hunter
Author: Albert Nothlit
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: Intense erotic scenes, explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sven is on the run. He kidnaps Matt to hide in his house, but Matt is going to fight back…

Sven had to get away. He escaped to Alaska trying to disappear, but the cops are still on his trail. Desperate, he kidnaps Matt and hides in his house. He has to keep Matt tied up, and Sven is surprised and turned on at the fact that Matt refuses to be intimidated. Matt fights back every single time, waiting for the moment to turn the tables. Every day of captivity, Sven gets to know Matt better. Enough to feel bad about what he’s doing. He can’t let his guard down, though. If he does, he knows Matt won’t hesitate in getting his revenge.

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Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945 by Ina Russell

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945
Author: Ina Russell, editor
Genre: Biography, Memoir, History
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Price: Out of Print
Summary:
Here is the journal of Jeb Alexander, a gay man who lived in Washington, D.C. during the first half of the 20th century. Documents his life and details the joy and anguish of his on-and-off love affair with college chum C.C. Dasham.

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With or Without You by Lauren Sanders

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: With or Without You
Author: Lauren Sanders
Genre: Fiction
URL: Akashic Books
Price: US $14.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
Summer 1987. Lillian Ginger Speck, high-school graduate, sits in her jail cell contemplating the steps and missteps that led her to murder soap opera star Brooke Harrison in cold blood one bright and muggy New York afternoon. Lily had admired the young star for some time, and her loss is palpable. Her story is therefore part apologia, part love note and suicide pact. Meanwhile, Brooke Harrison’s mother has a tale of her own to tell. In this edgy and compelling “whydunit,” the accounts of predator and victim intertwine. The result is a wry exploration of the contemporary American melting pot of status, beauty, celebrity, violence, and obsession.

With or Without You combines the aching adolescent heart of The Catcher in the Rye with the dark suburban soul of The Great Gatsby—set against the starstruck voyeurism of American Idol. This book asks the quintessentially American question: Is life worth living if you can’t be famous?

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Champagne by Debbie McGowan

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Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Champagne
Author: Debbie McGowan
Genre: GLBT Fiction
URL: Beaten Track Publishing
Price: £1.79
Summary [from the publisher]:
Haunted by the abuse of his now missing father, seventeen year old Sammy stumbles upon the seedy world of drug addiction and prostitution of London’s West End in the 1980s. Cold, desperate and exhausted, he takes shelter in a trash-filled alley behind a strip club, unaware that what is about to unfold will change the course of his life.

Set during a period of significant social and cultural change in the early 1980’s, Champagne opens up a world of seedy revue bars, prostitution, abuse, drug addiction and the devastating effect of AIDS. Centred around the events of a declining revue bar and its regeneration, a young man comes of age and finds his first love whilst looking for his estranged, abusive father. Through dark humour and strong characterisation the book is not only eye opening but also manages to capture a truly unique time in popular culture.

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