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Hart and Soul by Nica Berry – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Hart and Soul
Author: Nica Berry
Genre: Historical fantasy romance
URL: Torquere
Price: US $5.95
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, non-con, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Orphaned Niann has one wish, to go up the mountain to seek a spirit guide like the rest of his peers. Instead, he’s forced to wait until frustration drives him to go without permission on his eighteenth birthday. There, he meets his guide–the kala deer, the tribe’s patron animal and one that grants its disciples the ability to heighten the power of others’s animal spirits. Unbeknownst to him, the tribe’s shaman, Heyka, plans to use Niann to harvest enough spiritual energy to transcend into the spirit world.
Jennar, a talented carver and hunter who’s cared for Niann since Niann’s infancy, has a secret of his own; he went up the mountain to seek his spirit guide, but none came, and he’s been lying about his spirit animal ever since.
Jennar leaves to find the reason for his lack of a spirit guide, but returns to find Niann under the sway of Heyka and living as a woman, as those with the deer totem usually do. Jennar’s focus turns from saving himself into saving the man he loves, but all his love and determination may not be enough to stop the relentless ambition of Heyka and his snake patron.

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Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Romance
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Other Information/warnings: Mild references to animal cruelty, adult themes, slavery, mildly graphic m/m sex.

Summary (from the publisher): Adiún has terrible luck with lovers. One has died, the other has been traded away to help the village, and he has no one left. Joining a troupe of acrobats, Adiún leaves his village in search of Devi, his old lover and best friend, hoping to save him from whatever fate has befallen him since he was sold.He searches in brothels and slave pens with the help of his new friends, but when he finally finds Devi, Adiún is afraid too many bad things have happened for Devi to trust again. Can he find a way to convince his lover that they can have a life together?

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Bad case of Loving you by Laney Cairo – review

Rating: 9.5/10 ★★★★★★★★★½ 
Title: Bad Case of Loving You
Author: Laney Cairo
Genre: Medical romance, contemporary
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US $5.95
Other Information/warnings: detailed medical procedures, drug use, explicit m/m, fisting, D/s

Matthew is a medical student, trying to ignore his various roommates’ wild parties and get through his classes. Andrew is his instructor, a doctor at a prestigious British hospital. They’re not supposed to be attracted to each other, but they can’t deny their undeniable chemistry.

They come together with a heat that surprises them both, and through doctor’s strikes, dealing with Andrew’s teenaged son, and hospital red tape, Andrew and Matthew learn to live, and love together. Is their relationship just what the doctor ordered?

My review:
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Going Down by Ann Somerville – Review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Going Down
Author: Ann Somerville
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, paranormal
Price: US$1.99 (all proceeds benefiting Medécins Sans Frontieres) US $2.99
Warnings: None
URL: Lulu
Summary (from the author): Derzo Einan wanted to help people, and for fifteen years he rescued others from fires, floods and natural disasters. But in the aftermath of a horrific event, he’s left unable to help anyone, not even himself, his gift of empathy now more of a curse and his career in tatters. Running from his demons, Einan finds refuge in a big city, discovering an underclass of helpless hopeless people even worse off than himself—and another soul as troubled and damaged as him. In saving one more person, will he find his own salvation?

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Better by Jaime Samms – review

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ Title: Better
Author: Jaime Samms
Genre: Contemporary Romance
URL: LiveJournal
Price: Free

Warnings: None

Summary (by author): Jesse has had a rough time with love; maybe too rough to take another chance, but when Aadon comes along, he thinks maybe there’s hope. When the past comes calling, Jesse has to decide just what it is he wants now, and whether or not he’s as close to recovery as he thought.

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Fall by Alex Draven

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Author: Alex Draven
Genre: Urban Fantasy
URL: On Livejournal and Smashwords
Other Information/warnings: violence
Patrocles the centaur thought he had left the herd. But a young colt seems to be trying to horn in on his territory.

My review:

This is one of the most unusual fantasy stories I’ve ever read, and the fact it’s slash is almost incidental (which is my favourite way of dealing with the slash genre). Pet has been evicted from his herd, and is in pain and in a spiral of self-destruction. Matthias is looking for a home, a mentor…and more. Two powerful creatures, thrown together, in an electric, violent situation where they have to deal with their past and their inheritance, or die.

Draven has created an angry, mythic, vulnerable man in Pet, and the imagery of two stallions circling, sorting out dominance, place in the hierarchy, is compelling, beautifully handled, and poetic in description and execution. You won’t regret reading this.