Posts Tagged ‘genre:contemporary’

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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The World Feels Smaller by E.W. Murks

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Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The World Feels Smaller
Author: E.W. Murks
Genre: LGBT Fiction
URL: Amazon
Price: US $.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Recovering from a difficult breakup, a young man visits Thailand hoping to put the past behind him, and finds comfort where he least expects it.

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Silent Woods by Ofelia Gränd

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Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Silent Woods
Author: Ofelia Gränd
Genre: M/M romance
URL: Beaten Track Publishing
Price: £1.25
Summary [from the publisher]:
When Daniel’s husband Anders takes the family camping in the woods, Daniel can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.

He almost dismisses his fears as nothing more than his dislike of the great outdoors, but when the couple’s five-year-old son Axel goes missing, his worst fears are confirmed.

A search party reveals something more sinister than either man could ever have dreamed of encountering in the woods. Can they find Axel and save him before it’s too late?

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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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Pine Valley by Ged Ruggles

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Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Pine Valley
Author: Ged Ruggles
Genre: Romance, Mystery
URL: Amazon
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Most men of ambition would kill for the chance to play a bracing game at Pine Valley, the most celebrated, and exclusive, golf course in the world. And in the summer of his 30th birthday, Jeff Carpenter gets his chance.

Trouble is, Jeff isn’t exactly a man of ambition, having put his literary dreams on hold 10 years ago for a soulless back office job. Nor did he ever master the art of the swing farther than once making par on the giant dinosaur hole at his local childhood mini golf.

But a chance encounter with the son of Pine Valley’s most senior councilman at a Philadelphia gay bar, sparks a clandestine romance that plunges Jeff into a web of intrigue that threatens Pine Valley’s very existence.

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The Other Guy by Cary Atwell

theotherguyRating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Other Guy
Author: Cary Atwell
Genre: m/m, contemporary, humour
URL: Smashwords
Price: $3.99
Other Information/warnings: no explicit sexual content
Summary [from the author]:
Emory James is, by his own admission, not the type of person the adjective exciting would ever deign to touch with a ten-foot pole. Cautious, reserved and staid, however, all crowd around him like best friends. Still, he gets by — or at least he gets by up until his fiancée dumps him at the altar. Out of spite, he takes a solo honeymoon to Thailand, where he can pretend to be someone better than himself for a little while. In meeting Nate, a fellow traveler, Emory slowly discovers how to stop pretending.

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The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture
Author: Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Genre: contemporary, thriller, erotica, horror
URL: Riptide Publishing
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit violence, forced incest, non-consent
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sublime service, made to order.

The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies.

Highly organized and frighteningly efficient, the Flesh Cartel could teach even the KGB a thing or two about breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again—as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please.

No matter what your secret tastes or dark desires, the Flesh Cartel—for the right price, of course—will hand-design the plaything of your dreams.
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Tigerland by Sean Kennedy

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Tigerland
Author: Sean Kennedy
Genre: m/m, gay romance, contemporary
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$6.99/$17.99
Other Information/warnings: weaponised sarcasm
Summary [from the publisher]:
After an eventful and sometimes uncomfortably public courtship, Simon Murray and Declan Tyler settled into a comfortable life together. Now retired from the AFL, Declan works as a football commentator; Simon develops programs with queer content for a community television station.

Despite their public professional lives, Simon and Declan manage to keep their private life out of the spotlight. Their major concerns revolve around supporting their friends through infertility and relationship problems—until Greg Heyward, Declan’s ex-partner, outs himself in a transparent bid for attention.

Though Simon and Declan are furious with Greg and his media antics, they can’t agree on what to do about it. Declan insists they should maintain a dignified silence, but both he and Simon keep getting drawn into Heyward’s games. Simon and Declan will once again have to ride out the media storm before they can return their attention to what really matters: each other.

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Traveling Light by Lloyd Meeker

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Traveling Light
Author: Lloyd Meeker
Genre: Contemporary, spiritual, gay fiction
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $7.99/14.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, horror
Summary [from the publisher]:
Ian McCandless is a hospice nurse, training to become a shaman. When his mentor orders him to make peace with his estranged family, Ian reluctantly agrees, anticipating just another conflict-filled visit. On their way from the airport Ian’s older brother Will interrupts a convenience store robbery and is shot, dying in Ian’s arms and calling to him for vengeance.

Ian uses his shamanic abilities to track down the killer, but his quest soon turns into a hunt for revenge—forbidden to any shaman. Ian’s pursuit jeopardizes his relationship with the spirit world, endangers the lives of those he loves and threatens to banish him from the only path that gives his life meaning.

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Cover Me by L A Witt

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Cover Me
Author: L A Witt
Genre: contemporary, erotica
URL: Carnal Passions
Price: from US $3.90
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
When paramedic Nick Swain responds to a shooting in a seedy neighborhood, his entire world is thrown off its axis. His life is threatened…twice. Allegations of racism and medical neglect threaten his career and his ability to sleep at night. Not that he’ll be sleeping any time soon after the incident throws him into the path – and arms – of Detective Andrew Carmichael.

One hot night after another with Andrew may help Nick relieve some stress, but sex won’t solve every problem in his life. With the media hounding him and the city watching his every move, he starts to wonder if the world is out to get him.

The world may not be out to get him, but someone is.

And that someone wants Nick dead

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