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Asylum by Robert Winter


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Asylum
Author: Robert Winter
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $3.99
Other Information/warnings: Brief references to off-page sexual abuse of a child and adult
Summary [from the publisher]:
Death threats drove him from his country. Can he ever find asylum from his past?

Hernán had family, college, and a future in El Salvador. Until a vicious gang targeted him as gay. Threatened with murder, he braved a nightmare journey toward a new life. Now, haunted by his trek, he hides from immigration trouble as well as his enemies. He prays to pass in Provincetown unnoticed.
But a handsome man with a secret like Hernán’s is vulnerable to predators.
Colin is in town for a wedding when he falls into the harbor. The man who rescues him is dark-haired, dark eyed and gorgeous. He’s also a target because of his immigration status. Colin owes a debt, and wants to repay it by helping his savior escape the monsters who would exploit him.
Hernán yearns to trust the kind man who offers him sanctuary. Will his demons destroy his chance at a future with Colin?

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The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Last Place You Look
Author: Kristen Lepionka
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
URL: Minotaur Books
Price: US $25.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit.

Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton—black and from the wrong side of the tracks—was convicted of the murders and is now on death row. Though he’s maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah.

Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isn’t doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl.

The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers who’ve turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this case—hers included.

My review: Continue reading The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

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Quid Pro Quo by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Quid Pro Quo
Authors: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $1.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
For the past six months, Jared’s been selling sex at Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. But business is slow in the run-up to Christmas, when businessmen and bankers are too busy bickering over bonuses to rent themselves a little high-class action.

Though Jared’s wallet finds the downtime unnerving, the rest of him rather enjoys the opportunity it gives him to admire Tristan, an old hand in the club whose reputation usually sees him well-booked. Jared has been crushing on Tristan for months — he’s no more immune to Tristan’s cockiness and confidence than the johns, and those are just Tristan’s inner qualities.

Just as Jared’s about to chat Tristan up, a businessman asks for something a little different: he wants to book them both. They agree — and Jared finds himself going from crush to mind-bending lust as he’s made the pawn in a sexual power game. Tristan shows him how a pro handles a john while delivering the top-shelf sex for which the Market Garden is so rightly renowned.

My review: Continue reading Quid Pro Quo by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

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Lying Eyes by Robert Winter


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Lying Eyes
Author: Robert Winter
Genre: M/M Romance, Thriller
URL: Amazon
Price: US $3.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A suspenseful gay romance novel about an alpha bartender, an art historian with a mystery and a homeless teenager in need of help

This bartender’s art lies in more than mixing drinks …

Randy Vaughan is a six-foot-three mass of mysteries to his customers and his friends. Why does a former Secret Service agent now own Mata Hari, a successful piano bar? Where did a muscle daddy get his passion for collecting fine art? If he’s as much a loner as his friends believe, why does he crave weekly sessions at an exclusive leather club?

Randy’s carefully private life unravels when Jack Fraser, a handsome art historian from England, walks into his bar, anxious to get his hands on a painting Randy owns. The desperation Randy glimpses in whiskey-colored eyes draws him in, as does the desire to submit that he senses beneath Jack’s elegant, driven exterior.

While wrestling with his attraction to Jack, Randy has to deal with a homeless teenager, a break-in at Mata Hari, and Jack’s relentless pursuit of the painting called Sunrise. It becomes clear someone’s lying to Randy. Unless he can figure out who and why, he may miss his chance at the love he’s dreamed about in the hidden places of his heart.

Note: Lying Eyes is the second book in the Nights at Mata Hari series. It is a gay romance novel with consensual bondage and a strong happy ending.

My review: Continue reading Lying Eyes by Robert Winter

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Fish & Chips by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Fish & Chips
Author: Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring—an out-and-proud married couple—on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean. As their boss says, surely they’d rather kiss each other than be shot at, and he has no idea how right he is.

Portraying the wealthy criminals requires a particular change in attitude from Ty and Zane while dealing with the frustrating waiting game that is their assignment. As it begins to affect how they treat each other in private, they realize there’s more to being partners than watching each other’s backs, and when the case takes an unexpected turn and threatens Ty’s life, he and Zane will have to navigate seas of white lies and stormy secrets, including some of their own.

My review: Continue reading Fish & Chips by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

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The Salt of Your Tears by M. Caspian


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Salt of Your Tears
Author: M. Caspian
Genre: M/M Erotica, Short Stories
URL: Amazon
Price: US $3.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content and violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
In His Skin: Harrison offers Dylan the world. All he asks in return is Dylan follow a few simple rules.

Asking For It: Cole was looking for one night of casual sex. Garrett’s going to give Cole everything he thought he couldn’t have.

A Song in the Blood: Corran MacKenzie signed up to fight a war that wasn’t his. In the desert he found Sephtis. And his fate.

My review: Continue reading The Salt of Your Tears by M. Caspian

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Superhero by Eli Easton


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Superhero
Author: Eli Easton
Genre: M/M Romance, Young Adult, Humor
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
It’s not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they’ve been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school’s champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.

Their friendship survives, but Jordan’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case—his straight friend, Owen. Owen won’t let anything take Jordan’s friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he’s to win Jordan back.

My review: Continue reading Superhero by Eli Easton

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Match by Kate Aaron


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Match
Author: Kate Aaron
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Whatever happened to Brian Scagill?

A year after his dramatic exit from England’s Grand Slam tournament, Brian has all but disappeared from the world of professional tennis, and doesn’t intend to return. He’s made a life for himself with fellow athlete Lexi Horvat, far removed from the dual pressures of fame and family.

A surprise wildcard might be his last chance to play on an international stage, and Brian’s life is thrown into tumult once again. This time, however, he’s not alone. Lexi has secured himself a place in the tournament, as has Jared, a young player the two men have been coaching. With his loved ones accompanying him, Brian agrees to play. Lexi promises they’ll take on the tournament together, as a team, but Brian knows better than anyone that on the grass, it’s every man for himself.

My review: Continue reading Match by Kate Aaron

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Ace by Kate Aaron


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Ace
Author: Kate Aaron
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
At twenty-two years old, World No.6 and England’s No.1, Brian Scagill has the tennis world at his feet. Last year’s semifinalist, this year Brian enters England’s biggest tournament determined to win. A Grand Slam on home turf is calling to him and he’s not going to let anything stand in the way of victory – certainly not a cute Croatian who doesn’t even play in the same league.

Fooling around with Lexi might be an easy distraction but the last thing Brian needs right now is to be distracted, and there’s more than this tournament at stake.

My review: Continue reading Ace by Kate Aaron

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A Queer Trade by K.J. Charles


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: A Queer Trade
Author: K.J. Charles
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Crispin needs to get them back before anyone finds out what he’s been doing, or what his magic can do.

Crispin tracks his quarry down to waste paper dealer Ned Hall. He needs help, and Ned can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the waste-man and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

A 16,000 word story set in the Charm of Magpies world, and a prequel to the novel Rag and Bone (March 2016). This story was first published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology.

My review: Continue reading A Queer Trade by K.J. Charles

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