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A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: A Frost of Cares
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $5.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Military historian Luke Alcott leaps at the chance to live in the seventeenth-century country mansion of Eelmoor Hall, home of the Royal Military School of Medicine, after being offered a job cataloging the school’s archives. Luke believes he chose the perfect place to start a new life and put his broken past behind him. But soon after settling into the old house, he hears strange noises—like footsteps—and he begins to suffer from terrible nightmares.

The only person Luke can turn to for help is the taciturn caretaker, Jay, a veteran of the Afghanistan war who carries an old battle wound. Together they try to understand Eelmoor Hall’s history and decipher what could be causing the haunting. As the weather grows colder and snow dusts the countryside, a child goes missing. Luke needs to deal with his own demons and learn to trust in love again if he hopes to face down the angry spirit and find the missing girl.

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PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1 by Jordan Castillo Price


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Mystery
URL: JCP Books, LLC
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

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Soy Sauce Face by Sedonia Guillone


Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Soy Sauce Face
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Ai Press
Price: US $3.49
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sometimes the best kept secret is the one you keep from yourself…

“I’m an ordinary man with an ordinary life in every way. Except for Jun. That’s what I think to myself every night when I watch Jun getting ready for his work as a bar host in Kabukicho. He’s everything I’m not. He’s the beautiful, graceful, sociable and ambitious counterpart to me—a hulking, reclusive, completely unambitious guy who’d rather fix car and motorcycle engines all day than interact with people… I’d be happy if Jun just stayed here with me the rest of our lives, in this little apartment we’d once shared with Dad. But Jun has other plans.”

Or so Jun thinks. One night he gets ready and goes to work. But a tragic occurrence derails his career and all his plans for the future.

Through the eyes of his best friend, Tomo, the man who loves him above all others, Jun will be forced to confront himself, his deepest fears, hates, desires. And his deepest love.

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Nelson & Caleb by Kaje Harper

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Nelson & Caleb
Author: Kaje Harper
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Nelson Dunn has a settled routine – an evening security-guard job, days off for his therapy dogs, occasional club sex, and good books. He sometimes dreams about more, but he’s made himself content. So when Hurricane Lauris strands Caleb Robertson at his house, Nelson has mixed feelings about having an attractive guy in his space. Especially when nothing more can possibly happen.

Caleb went to the hospital to get the cast off his broken foot. Instead, he finds himself waiting out the storm with Nelson, his three dogs, and a very wet cat. It’s less of a hardship than he’d have expected.

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Puppet Boy by Christian Baines

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Puppet Boy
Author: Christian Baines
Genre: General fiction
URL: Bold Strokes Books
Price: US $9.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
A school in turmoil over its senior play, a sly career as a teenage gigolo, an unpredictable girlfriend with damage of her own, and a dangerous housebreaker tied up downstairs. Any of these would make a great plot for budding filmmaker Eric’s first movie.

Unfortunately, they’re his real life.

When Julien, a handsome wannabe actor, transfers to Eric’s class, he’s a distraction, a rival, and one complication too many. Yet Eric can’t stop thinking about him. Helped by Eric’s girlfriend, Mary, they embark on a project that dangerously crosses the line between filmmaking and reality. As the boys become close, Eric soon wants to cross other lines entirely. Does Julien feel the same way, or is Eric being used on the gleefully twisted path to fame?

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What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: What They Always Tell Us
Author: Martin Wilson
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Price: US $8.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.

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Blood & Dirt by Lloyd A. Meeker

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Blood & Dirt
Author: Lloyd A. Meeker
Genre: Mystery
URL: Wilde City Press
Price: US $4.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Family squabbles can be murder. Psychic PI Russ Morgan investigates a vandalized marijuana grow in Mesa County Colorado, landing in the middle of a ferocious family feud that’s escalating in a hurry. Five siblings fight over the family ranch as it staggers on the brink of bankruptcy, marijuana its only salvation. Not everyone agrees, but only one of them is willing to kill to make a point. Russ also has a personal puzzle to solve as he questions his deepening relationship with Colin Stewart, a man half his age. His rational mind says being with Colin is the fast track to heartbreak, but it feels grounding, sane, and good. Now, that’s really dangerous…

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Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s by Ricardo J. Brown

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s
Author: Ricardo J. Brown
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
URL: University of Minnesota Press
Price: US $16.95
Summary [from the publisher]:
A surprising and vivid remembrance of gay life in the wake of World War II
The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s is a compelling memoir of the author’s experiences as a young gay man during the 1940s. In an engaging and open writing style, and through stories both humorous and tragic, Brown introduces us to the companions and friends he met at Kirmser’s, a working-class bar in downtown St. Paul that became an unofficial home to gay men and lesbians at night.

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Bad Boys Need Love Too by Christa Tomlinson

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Bad Boys Need Love Too
Author: Christa Tomlinson
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Torlina Publishing
Price: US $4.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
“You won’t let anybody else have you, Joseph. I won’t let anybody else have you. I want you all to myself.” – Gage Mason

We’ve all had our experience with him. The Bad Boy. The one we’ve been warned about. The one with rips in his jeans and a lazy, devil may care smile on his mouth. The one who makes you do bad things that feel so good.

For me it was Gage Mason. We met when he worked on my Ducati. I knew immediately he was trouble, but something about that Bad Boy drew me in. Maybe it’s his dark eyes that study me like he wants to know everything about me. Maybe it’s the way he makes me feel; the rough touch of his hands, his possessive grip on my hair when we kiss, the way he feels deep inside me. Or maybe it’s the way he needs me, even though he won’t admit it.

For once in my life I’m taking a risk. Despite everything that tells me I shouldn’t, I’m taking a chance to be with Gage. I don’t know if it will end well, but I do know I can’t resist that Bad Boy.
Joseph Naderi

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Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Don’t Let Me Go
Author: J.H. Trumble
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US $10.69
Summary [from the publisher]:
Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.

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