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Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

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Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Love Rising
Author: Piper Vaughn
Genre: fantasy, romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

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Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Cresting Tide
Author: Brenda Cothern
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: Contains m/m and hermaphrodite sexual practices
Summary [from the publisher]:
Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf.

Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home.

Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destined to be torn apart by their different worlds?
My review: Continue reading Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern

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The War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The War at the End of the World
Authors: Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
URL: Storm Moon Press
Price: FREE
Summary [from the publisher]:
September, 1941.

War correspondent Joseph Byrne has been cheating death all his life, ever since he spent two years in an iron lung as a boy diagnosed with polio. In the years since, the Fetch, a strange being charged by Death with collecting Joseph and transporting him into the unknown, has been condemned to watch and wait.

Now, with Joseph working in a Finland caught in a tug of war between Nazi and Soviet forces, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Fetch’s sentence is at its end and Death will have Joseph for her own at last. Joseph, an openly Jewish American, has no doubt where his allegiance lies, no matter the danger. But after all these years at Joseph’s side, watching him overcome adversity to grow into a brave and principled young man, the Fetch has come to realize that there are forces stronger and so much sweeter than even the purpose you were made for.
My review: Continue reading The War at the End of the World by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

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Brook Street: Thief by Ava March

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Brook Street: Thief
Author: Ava March
Genre: Historical Romance
URL: Carina Press
Price: US$ 3.59
Summary [from the publisher]:
London, 1822

It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart.

It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times–select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets.

With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Cavin lives with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, and he knows there’s no place for him in a gentleman’s life. Yet Benjamin isn’t about to let Cavin–and love–continue to slip away from him.
My review: Continue reading Brook Street: Thief by Ava March

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The Strength of a Man by Sara Winters

Rating: 6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 
Title: The Strength of a Man
Author: Sara Winters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kurt Dennings learned one life lesson the hard way: love, even between a parent and child, is not always unconditional. After coming out and experiencing a painful rejection from his parents and friends, Kurt feels as if he’s lost everything that mattered.

James Theard comes into Kurt’s life when he needs someone the most. A friend first and boyfriend second, James becomes his shoulder to lean on, a voice of reason and helps Kurt learn he is stronger and more capable than he imagined.
My review: Continue reading The Strength of a Man by Sara Winters

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King Perry by Edmond Manning

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: King Perry
Author: Edmond Manning
Genre: Romance
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$ 6.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In a trendy San Francisco art gallery, out-of-towner Vin Vanbly witnesses an act of compassion that compels him to make investment banker Perry Mangin a mysterious offer: in exchange for a weekend of complete submission, Vin will restore Perry’s “kingship” and transform him into the man he was always meant to be.

Despite intense reservations, Perry agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that will test the limits of his body, seduce his senses, and fray his every nerve, (perhaps occasionally breaking the law) while Vin guides him toward his destiny as ”the one true king.”

Even as Perry rediscovers old grief and new joys within himself, Vin and his shadowy motivations remain enigmas: who is this offbeat stranger guiding them from danger to hilarity to danger? To emerge triumphant, Perry must overcome the greatest challenge alone: embracing his devastating past. But can he succeed by Sunday’s sunrise deadline? How can he possibly evolve from an ordinary man into King Perry?
My review: Continue reading King Perry by Edmond Manning

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Hawaiian Gothic, by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Hawaiian Gothic
Author: Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
URL: Loose ID
Price: US$ 6.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
Gregorio “Ori” Reyes thought there was nothing left for him in Hawaii. A former Army Ranger and promising MMA fighter, his dishonorable discharge turned him into the family disgrace, and his childhood best friend Kalani never could love him back–not the way Ori needed to be loved–even before Kalani’s doctors declared him to be in an unrecoverable coma. Ori’s return to Hawaii seems fated to be a depressing reminder of every chance he never took… until Kalani himself impossibly welcomes him home.

Kalani’s body is bedridden, but his spirit is free to roam, and it turns out it’s not just Ori who had unspoken yearnings. Kalani is eager to prove that he can still savor all the pleasures of this world. Together, they remember all those years of surfing, wrestling, touching and aching but too afraid to act; now, they cross that final barrier and struggle against each other in an entirely different way.

Passionately but tenuously reunited, the pair must solve the mystery of Kalani’s unlucky life, sorting through dark family history and even journeying to the Hawaiian ghostworld. And the greatest terror of their journey is that Ori might have to put Kalani to rest.
My review: Continue reading Hawaiian Gothic, by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

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Melting Ice by D.J. Manly

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Melting Ice
Author: D.J. Manly
Genre: Detective, Romance
Publisher: Mojocastle Press
Price: US$ 3.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, light BDSM, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
A young cop, in the closet and isolated, is transferred to the bikers squad, where he is betrayed by a higher ranking officer. When Brian Fuller finds himself in the middle of a field surrounded by a group of notorious outlaw bikers, he is in for the fight of his life.

He wakes up battered and bruised, only to discover that he is the hostage of the gang’s leader, the infamous, brutally handsome Ice. At first, Brian doesn’t understand why he is still alive. It turns out that the man who murdered Ice’s family, is the same one who left Brian for dead… and Ice intends on trading Brian’s life to get him as soon as Brian is strong enough. In the meantime, while Ice waits for Brian to heal, a raging sexual heat between them begins to fuel.

Melting Ice is a story of great passion, sizzling sex, and above all, a love story laced with the unexpected.
My review: Continue reading Melting Ice by D.J. Manly

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A Roof for the Rain by Katrina Strauss

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: A Roof for the Rain
Author: Katrina Strauss
Genre: Romance, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Price: US$ 1.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In a world with nothing left to lose, can one man find hope in another?

It’s the year 2031. The rain doesn’t fall, while access to water is controlled by a ruthless few. In the midst of this harsh, barren world, Jacob has taken up his father’s mantle as leader of the rebellion against the Water Lords.

Loyalty and sacrifice have their place in Jacob’s life, but there’s little room for love. Gorgeous recruit Ethan at least meets Jacob’s physical needs, but duty to their cause comes first.

When a killer dust blizzard interrupts a scouting mission, memories of Jacob’s painful past hit him full force.

Will he find shelter from the storm in the form of Ethan’s love?

My review: Continue reading A Roof for the Rain by Katrina Strauss

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Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Lola Dances
Author: Victor J. Banis
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: MLR Press
Price: US$ 15.99
Other Information/warnings: incest, rape, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and often bawdy, Lola Dances ranges from the 1850 slums of the Bowery to the mining camps of California and Montana, to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.

Little Terry Murphy, pretty and effeminate, dreams of becoming a dancer. Raped by a drunken profligate and threatened with prison, Terry flees the Bowery and finds himself in the rugged settlement of Alder Gulch, where he stands out like a sore thumb among the camp’s macho inhabitants–until the day he puts on a dress and dances for the unsuspecting miners as beautiful Lola Valdez–and wins fame, fortune and, ultimately, love.
My review: Continue reading Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis

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