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The Runaway by Jaime Samms – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Title: The Runaway
Author: Jaime Samms
Genre: M/M Romance
URL: Freya’s Bower
Price: US$1.49
Warnings: None
Summary [from publisher]: After his father’s death, Miles returns to the farm he ran from ten years ago. When his past returns to haunt him, he has to decide if the memories will fence him in, or if he’s ready to free himself from remembered pain and return home.

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Downtime by Tamara Allen – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Downtime
Author: Tamara Allen (originally as James Allen)
Genre: Time travelling mystery
URL: Dreamspinner Press [reissue – second edition]
Price: US $6.99

Other Information/warnings: graphic m/m, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
FBI Agent Morgan Nash is on assignment in London when his case goes awry and he finds himself moments away from a bullet through the heart. But fate has other plans: Morgan gets knocked out pursuing a suspect… and wakes up in 1888.
While cataloging ancient manuscripts at the British Museum, Ezra Glacenbie accidentally pulls Morgan out of the twenty-first century—an impromptu vacation that may become permanent for Morgan if they can’t locate the spellbook Ezra used. Further hampering Morgan’s quest to get home is the irresistible temptation to investigate history’s most notorious serial killer: Jack the Ripper. But in repressive Victorian London, it’s the unexpected romance blossoming between Morgan and Ezra that becomes the most dangerous complication of all.


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Checkpoint by Kit Zheng – Review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Checkpoint
Author: Kit Zheng
Other Information/warnings:
explicit m/m
Summary [from the publisher]:

[sic] has had a rough couple of days, with his ex-lover leaving him in a very public way, and now his piercings are setting off the metal detectors at the airport. In fact, he’s set off so many bells and whistles that Officer Regan pulls him into a private room for a little inspection of what might trigger an alarm. Will Evern’s [sic] day get worse, or will a steamy encounter make him feel better than he has in a long time?

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Roy LeRoy and the Black Bull of Whistler’s Gulch by Kit Zheng – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Roy LeRoy and the Black Bull of Whistler’s Gulch
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: Humor, Erotica
URL: http://www.kitzheng.thatdamncat.com/free/royleroybull.php
Price: Free
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m sex, anthropomorphism
Summary (from the author): I had a craving to write something a la Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, and this is what came out. I liked the character of Roy LeRoy so much that I have further adventures planned for him.

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Servant of the Seasons 2: Winter by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Servant of the Seasons 2: Winter
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Fantasy
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US $2.49
Other Information/warnings:explicit m/m, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Edor and his new friends, former slaves Tywyll and Lys, are still making the most of the land. Every day the two norvigi bring changes, improving Edor’s way of life. As is their way, Tywyll is growing stronger with the winter equinox, while Lys is growing weaker.
When Lys goes into his sleep, Edor finally gives into his attraction to his two friends with Tywyll, knowing Lys would give them his blessing if he were awake. When Lys finally wakes, the three men find their home in danger, and they must band together even closer to save their newfound happiness. Can they solve the mystery that their attackers leave behind, and stay safe at the same time?

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King of Cats: A Life in Five Novellas by Blake Fraina – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: King of Cats: A Life in Five Novellas
Author: Blake Fraina
Genre: Gay contemporary literature
URL: iUniverse
Price: Print: US$16.95 / Adobe e-book: $6.00
Warnings: Explicit m/m sex, non-con, drug use
Summary (from iUniverse): What makes a person fascinating? Is it what they hide or what they reveal? Is it who they are or who they appear to be? A struggling filmmaker believes he recognizes the face of a man in an old painting and becomes obsessed with finding him. On the cusp of his band’s success, a closeted guitarist walks out on his longtime male lover to live with a woman he hardly knows. After spending one fateful night in bed together, two youthful musicians enter into a bitter and emotionally devastating power struggle for control over their band and one another. And eight years later, tragedy forces both men to confront the inescapable and bitter legacy of their fathers’ influence. Peopled with vivid characters and told in sharp dialogue, the five stories that comprise King of Cats tell the provocative, sometimes heartbreaking story of luminous, enigmatic rock star Jimmy ‘Strange’ Lyons. Weaving back and forth through time, from a tenement in Alphabet City to a luxury co-op overlooking Central Park to a semi-detached in North London, Jimmy’s life unfolds like a mystery, gradually revealing his secrets and exposing the vast gulf that often lies between what appears to be and what is.

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Secrets: a Psycop novella by Jordan Castillo Price – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Secrets: a Psycop novella
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Detective, mystery, paranormal
URL: Lulu
Price: US$5.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, noncon (not graphic), explicit m/m, bad language
Summary [from the author]:
Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.
Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party.
Can’t a guy catch a break?
On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either.
Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.
What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

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Catching out by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Catching out
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Contemporary romance
URL: Torquere Press (Part of the Taste Test: Blind Dates collection.)
Price: US $2.49
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the publisher]:
Blind Dates have a rotten reputation for a reason. They can be risky, at best, but not all of them have to end badly….in “Catching Out,” by Lee Benoit, Ab is ready to take on a new relationship, so his family and friends set him up on a slew of blind dates. When he meets Mole, he sees a whole new life opening up. Can Ab find the courage to go for it? Find out how these blind dates turn out!

Catching out is the longest of three stories in the collection. The others (not reviewed here) are The Cure by Jodi Payne and Dinner and a Movie by Alex Marcus-Jacobs.

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Servant of the Seasons 1: Autumn by Lee Benoit – review

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ Title: Servant of the Seasons 1: Autumn
Author: Lee Benoit
Genre: Sci-fi/speculative
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$2.49
Other Information/warnings: m/m, slavery
Summary [from the publisher]:
Kicked out of his home in the Domes, Edor finds himself squatting on abandoned land, taking it on as his own and trying to eke out a meagre living from the infertile soil. When his closest neighbor, Varas, offers to trade his hard-earned crop for him in the town several weeks’ walk away, Edor takes the man up on it.
Months later, when Varas still has not returned, Edor has given his hopes of getting seed for a winter crop and a beast of burden. In fact, he’s just decided that Varas has cheated him when the man returns, two slaves meant to be Edor’s in tow.
Edor frees the slaves as soon as Varas leaves, but to his surprise, the men stay with him and change his life and his land in ways Edor could never have dreamed

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One Way Street by Laney Cairo – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: One Way Street
Author: Laney Cairo
Genre: Romance, sport
URL: Torquere Press
Price: US$ 3.95
Other Information/warnings: disturbing medical imagery, some bad language, explicit m/m, kink (breath play)
Aussie rules football star Shane is having a rough time of it. He split with his lover, Dale, because of the pressure from his coach and his sponsors, who don’t want a gay player on their hands. He’s also sick, desperately so, and he doesn’t know who to go to. Everyone in his life wants something from him, but no one wants to help.

When he can’t take anymore, Shane runs to the one place he knows he’s safe; the old love nest he shared with Dale. When Dale shows up to collect his stuff, he finds a very ill Shane, and the two of them remember why they were so attracted to each other.

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