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Review: Moral Authority by Jacob Z Flores

Moral Authority by Jacob Z Flores
Title: Moral Authority
Author: Jacob Z Flores
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Sci-Fi
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are prescribed ideals in America of 2050. The Moral Authority, the nation’s newest branch of government, has virtually eliminated crime, poverty, and most social ills, but it also rules the land with a tyrannical fist, championing ignorance and brandishing fear.

Mark Bryan is a gay man whose existence brands him an outlaw; Isaac Montoya is a charming stranger, who entices Mark to defy moral law; and Samuel Pleasant runs the Moral Authority and plans to punish moral offenders and a rebellious uprising—no matter the cost.

Will liberty and justice return for all?

Review:

The year is 2050. For the past thirty years, America has been ruled by the highest branch of government called the Moral Authority. The Moral Authority wields its control over their society by fear of criminalization if any law is broken.

Mark Bryan is a college student and journalist. Mark not only disagrees with strict moral standards of the Moral Police but their harshly enforced punishments as well.

The outright ban the government has placed on homosexuality makes life for a gay man even harder. Mark, like every other gay man is deeply closeted from fear of the Moral Police stings, setup like a gay witch hunt.

In the midst of a suppressing government, Mark still finds himself attracted to a man, with whom he starts a relationship with. Mark is found guilty after being subjected in a sting.

While Mark is in prison, a national rebellion soon begins. The media can’t help but show the well-coordinated efforts of its citizens demanding freedom.

The prisons scattered throughout America resemble Hitler’s Nazi prison camps. The prisoners are often beaten, raped, starved, and tortured. Every last scrape of dignity these prisoners have is forcibly removed.

Hope is the last thing you would find in a place like this, but Mark still holds out hope that one day America will once again seek liberty and the right to the pursuit of happiness for all.

When I first read the blurb for Moral Authority, I honestly didn’t expect a debut author to capture the emotion and plot development needed for a story like this. I was so wrong!!

Jacob Z. Flores has not only made this story believable but has made it a MUST READ. I honestly couldn’t put down this book. If I had to describe this book, words like: heartbreaking, horrific, gritty, intense, hopeful, and thought provoking, come to mind.

I give Moral Authority of Jacob Z. Flores five stars. Don’t just put this book on your to read shelf. Buy it and make the time to read it immediately. Mr. Flores will make you cry, make you cringe, and will open your eyes. This book is a stunning masterpiece.

Review: High Concept by Whitley Gray

High Concept by Whitley Gray
Title: High Concept
Author: Whitley Gray
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★¾

Blurb:

Denver homicide cop and shooting survivor Beck Stryker lives to solve the case that left him with PTSD, chronic pain, and killed his co-investigator four months previous. Now his career hinges on his ability to work with the man who shut down his advances two years ago.

After last parting ways with Beck, psychiatrist-turned-FBI profiler Zach Littman never anticipated seeing the detective again. Being sent to Denver to work on a series of killings that have continued after the only suspect died is bad enough. Discovering the detective in charge is Beck leaves Zach gritting his teeth and girding his loins.

The last thing either of them needs is romantic entanglement with a fellow investigator, but danger is a powerful aphrodisiac. The case heats up, and friction between them ignites a fire neither can ignore, first at work and then in the bedroom. As they zero in on the plot behind the murders, the crosshairs zero in on Beck and Zach.

Review:

This is my first time reading Whitley Gray and while I didn’t love this book I did more than like it. High Concept started out strong I thought I had a 5 star book on my hands but as I got into the story it lost me in places.

At the beginning of the book we meet Beck Stryker a Homicide Detective just recently back to work after being involved in a on the job shooting that left his partner dead and Beck severely injured. Along with his physical injuries he’s suffering from PTSD not a good combination but he’s desperate to get back to work so he can pursue the case that killed his partner. When it appears there are 3 cases that have the same MO a FBI profiler is called in to help. Zach Littman is that profiler and as chance would have it Beck and Zach have met, two years before they shared a kiss, a kiss that neither man has forgotten unfortunately at the time of the kiss Zach was in a relationship and Beck was deep in the closet.

Now they are together again working this case. Zach is no longer in a relationship but he is suffering from PTSD from a previous case and Beck doesn’t have any real reason to stay in that closet anymore. They are two damaged men trying to make life and their budding relationship work. I did like the dynamics of their relationship but I had trouble accepting that these two have been thinking about each other all that time over just a kiss. As it turned out that was fairly easy to ignore because this story isn’t about their romance it’s about the mystery, their budding relationship is a side story, a good one but not the focus of the book.

If High Concept had stayed on this track I’d have been ecstatic, unfortunately a case in Zach’s past comes to play but it has nothing to do with the case Beck and Zach are working on. Having another case thrown into the mix like that was distracting and at times annoying, not for any other reason than it was like reading two separate books that was written as one story. If the stories had somehow ended up related in some way that would have been great, I just didn’t like being pulled between both and I didn’t think enough information was given on Zach’s case. I kept wondering if this was book 2 of a series and I needed to read Zach’s story to understand what was going on but it’s not and that whole story line just didn’t work for me in this book. I think it would make an excellent book on its own, Zach’s case was dark and intriguing, perfect for a mystery.

If you’re looking for a book where the romance is the focus this may not be the book for you but if you don’t mind the romance being secondary and the mystery being the focus you might want to give it a try. I will definitely be picking up another book from Whitley Gray.

Review: Hanging by the Moment by H.B. Pattskyn

Hanging by the Moment by H.B. Pattskyn
Title: Hanging by the Moment
Author: H.B. Pattskyn
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Pasha Batalov has lived his whole life doing what a good son is expected to do. He dropped out of school to help run the failing family restaurant, and ever since he’s put up with his difficult business partner, who also happens to be his father. And, of course, he keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his conservative Russian family. After being closeted costs him his first serious relationship, Pasha resigns himself to one-night stands and loneliness.

But after a chance encounter with lost delivery truck driver, Daniel Englewood, Pasha starts to question all of his assumptions about life. Daniel is sweet, funny, smart, drop-dead gorgeous—and for the last six years, he’s been living with HIV. Pasha worries that he won’t be strong enough to help Daniel if HIV turns to AIDS, but he can’t walk away from their deepening attraction. He also doesn’t know if he can be strong enough to face the hardest task that a relationship with Daniel demands: coming out to his family and friends, and risking losing everything else he holds dear.

Review:

This is my first time reading anything for this author and I definitely will be looking to read more from her. I was a bit apprehensive about reading Hanging by the Moment, I knew the subject matter was going to be a tough one but H.B. Pattskyn did such a beautiful job handling it, I’m in awwe.  This book is about finding love but when you find it it’s not being exactly what you planned on. Learning that the man you think is ‘the one” has HIV is confusing and so scary that you wonder if you should run for the hills but come to realize that no matter what you want to be there for that person.

Pasha is a twenty-five year old that you will want to wrap your arms around when you read how sad his life seems to be. He works with his father in the family diner but things are not easy for Pasha, you see his father is Russian and comes from the old school of raising your children, the one where they are always right and the kids are expected to do what they say no questions asked and definitely no talking back. My heart broke for Pasha after his mother has to be put into a home and his older brother leaves to attend college he realizes someone has to stay with his father to help keep their family business alive so he drops out of school. He has a younger sister whose life is such a mess all the responsibility lands on Pasha to keep things going.

Daniel is a truck driver that stops one day at the diner when he becomes lost and meets Pasha. The flirting between these two was so sweet it put a smile on my face and I knew these two just had to get together. Unfortunately their relationship isn’t a smooth one, Daniel has HIV and these two wonderful men must find a way to make it work.

I loved this story, it was so well written and Daniel and Pasha were so endearing you can’t help but fall in love with them and rooting for an HEA. Of course there are characters you’ll want to hate, some you’ll want to shake and some you’ll want to slap but there will be some you just love and surprisingly one character that you’ll probably not like most of the way through the book ends up being an amazing person. All these characters make this a story what it is, a story about family and friends, true family and friends the ones that stand behind you and love you for who you are no matter what.

I highly recommend this story even to those who can’t read about HIV and AIDS in the end this story will warm your heart.

Review: Waiting For Forever: Determination by Jamie Mayfield

Waiting for Forever-Determination by Jamie Mayfield
Title: Waiting For Forever: Determination
Author: Jamie Mayfield
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title 

Waiting for Forever: Book Three

Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield have risked everything in a desperate escape and are finally together. Jamie is free of his tormentor … for the moment. But Brian and Jamie know that one wrong choice could lead him to their door.

The long, lonely hours in their safe house leave Jamie with nothing to do but think. He thinks about Brian, about the direction their lives should take. He thinks about his parents. Mostly, he thinks about drugs. Jamie wants to feel good again, forget about his self-hatred, and stop the gnawing cravings that prey upon his mind and body.

One moment of weakness may prove fatal for them both.

After being reunited with his father, Jamie attempts to put his life back together amid rehab, seizures, and the gutting loneliness of Brian’s rejection. As he tries to cope, he finds that relying on his friends isn’t as difficult as he’d imagined, and soon he can stand on his own feet. Jamie starts college, working to become the man Brian needs. Unless he earns Brian’s forgiveness and wins back his trust, their love will be sacrificed on the altar of Jamie’s demons.

Adapted from the award-winning Little Boy Lost series by J.P. Barnaby.

100% of the author’s royalties are being donated to help homeless LGBT kids find safe shelter.

Review:

This is a final book of Waiting for Forever series. It’s longer than the first two and was told in Jamie’s POV. Following Jamie’s journey was really difficult for me to keep on reading. It was a tough journey for Jamie. To be honest, I wish this book was told in Brian’s POV because I was more connected to him than Jamie. Seeing him complaining more than I could count seemed unrealistic, but again, I hadn’t met a drug addict or a person who’d survive a horrible domestic violence. Things could messed it up inside someone’s head especially after what Jamie had to go through. The things he saw and suffered was beyond anyone could have possible survive. I wholeheartedly agreed with Jamie’s father, Mitch when he was so proud of Jamie being so strong and be able to fight hard to survive. If it happened to me, I wouldn’t know if I actually could find a will to continue living. Being abused countless times and being under drugs nearly all of the time, I didn’t think I could live after that. It was wonderful for Jamie to be able to get himself a help and having him reunited with his father was the best part of the whole novel.

I was shock when a certain person got shot and watched how Jamie had to see it then believed that person actually died really did change his life completely. The rat poison caught me off guard as well. It actually was harder for me to be able to write a thoughtful review because there were so many things going on in the novel of three hundreds and plus pages. It basically was a huge journey for Jamie to go from the worst stage to the better stage. I often went speechless and forced myself to take a break from reading the book. It was the reason why it took me a bit longer to finish the novel. It was that good, but harder for me to be completely connected when it was too emotional.

Seeing how Brian reacted to the whole thing actually disappointed me, but I did understand why he acted like that. He had his own haunting past which caused him having a crazy repetition of nightmare since he was a kid. For that, I wished I were able to read from his POV to understand why he was like that. Having epilogue in his POV helped the book to be much stronger and powerful ending to the series. I was glad I was given an opportunity by the publisher to read and review the series. It was the books I’d treasured in my heart for as long as I could.

I highly recommended you take your time and purchase this book (only if you have read the first two) to read. You’ll be lost and saddened to watch all the things Jamie had to beat. It will be a scary read and emotional as well. Excellent read, I promise you that.

Review: To Catch a Fox by Ethan Day and Geoffrey Knight

To Catch a Fox by Ethan Day & Geoffrey Knight
Title: To Catch a Fox
Author: Ethan Day and Geoffrey Knight
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Mystery
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Sex. Murder. Blackmail. Revenge. Life in the Big Easy can be a real bitch.

Meet Jon Fox, a sexy New Orleans private detective with more family secrets than even he knows about. But his latest case is about to bring more to the swampy surface than Fox himself could ever have guessed—

A polite old lady with a plot to murder a stranger;
A mother whose secret sent her insane;
An uncle with complete control over the family empire;
A father whose suicide might once again tear his family apart;
And a hot, handsome, clueless blond with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yes, meet Jon Fox. A New Orleans private detective whose complicated life…just got a little more complex.

Review:

Running Fox Corporations has never been in the stars for Jon Fox. While the family company business thrives, Jon holds down a totally different type job, a private investigator.

Jon is like any other private detective you will read about. His informants are paid with sex, a win-win situation for both parties. His temper is legendary, and old family secrets are starting to be revealed.

Tucker Wilder is a screenwriter, waiting for his big break. Until then he works for his aunt in her diner. He is a fun loving, dancing in the nude, laid back kind of guy until he meets Fox. Fox has been watching Tucker for a few weeks now and finally makes his move. The two instantly share a spark. When Tucker witnesses a murder, it is Jon to the rescue.

This story doesn’t end there, but I can’t giveaway all the secrets. That would just ruin the whole purpose of it being a mystery story. Just take my advice, sit tight, hold on, and keep reading. Just when you think you have this case solved, something else comes up and pulls you in another direction. The action scenes are that of an action film. They are fantastically graphic.

What I enjoyed about this book…

First off, you should know that I am a die head Ethan Day fan. I mean, the man can write no wrong! I was worried about reading a book he wrote with another author, no matter who it was. I had never heard of Geoffrey Knight before picking up this book. My worries were quickly put to rest. This writing team is like peanut butter and chocolate. Their writing is like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen in ages and it picking up right where you left off. There were small phrases that painted such a picture in my head, Picasso would have been jealous. Simply amazing writing!

I also really loved how the romance in this story wasn’t put on the back burner, like other mystery novels often do. Tucker and Jon are together throughout most of the book. Jon Fox is one of the most aggravating characters I’ve ever read, but I couldn’t stop myself from cheering for him.

The side characters and side plots were amazing. At first, the albino alligator had me a bit worried. Then I laughed so hard I cried. Betty Black was another favorite story line. Who doesn’t want to know who the sweet old lady wants to murder?

What I didn’t enjoy…

The book ended.

I can’t begin to tell you how I emotional I was after reading this book. I need a glass of wine and a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke. I simply cannot wait for the next book in the Fox Mystery series. I need more!!!

I give To Catch a Fox by Ethan Day and Geoffrey Knight, 5 stars. I would recommend this story to any mystery, private detective fan. This book is a complete homerun.

Review: Waiting for Forever: Destiny by Jamie Mayfield

Waiting For Forever - Destiny by Jamie Mayfield
Title: Waiting for Forever: Destiny
Author: Jamie Mayfield
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★½

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Waiting for Forever: Book II

San Diego is so much more than Brian McAllister ever expected. He’s found friends, acceptance, encouragement, and an entire world of sexual adventure he never dared to imagine back in his little Alabama town. The only thing missing is Jamie. Encouraged by new friends Mike and Emilio, Brian builds a life for himself, haunted by a beaten and bruised boy no one seems to want to help.

Part Two: Fallen Angel

Dumped into gay rehab, blond-haired fallen angel Jamie Mayfield has been shunned by his parents and forced to find his own way. When Brian McAllister, the other half of his ravaged heart, explodes back into his precarious life, Jamie is astonished and dismayed. In the two years they’ve been apart, not a day has gone by that he hasn’t longed for Brian. How can Jamie protect Brian from the pain and brutalization of his life when he can’t even protect himself?

Brian and Jamie put every bit of themselves into saving each other, but obstacles keep them apart. Jamie’s own self-hatred may prove to be their undoing.

Adapted from the award-winning Little Boy Lost series by J. P. Barnaby.

100% of the author’s royalties are being donated to help homeless LGBT kids find safe shelter.

Review:

It was probably the most emotional book I’ve read for a while. I couldn’t imagine how hard it had to be for Brian to go through all of that and still stood up strong. In this book, Brian was my hero. I admired his stubbornness to find the love of his life no matter what kind obstacles he had to go through. When he finally found it, my whole body hair stick up and shivered constantly. It was a moment when I had a huge smile on my face and Brian had done it. It showed that if you search hard, you wouldn’t find it. If you didn’t search it and let the fate led you, you would find it. It was a constant reminder I had to tell myself. Don’t look for it, let it finds me.

The first part was my favorite part of the series. I honestly was really disappointed when the author decided to switch to Jamie’s POV in second part of the book. I really preferred to stick with Brian but I’ve grown to be fond of Jamie and could see how much he had suffer to survive. Especially that horrible boyfriend of his. Scott was a jerk but he could be a sweetheart. Once I saw what Scott had done to Jamie, I just want to kidnap Jamie and get him away from him for as long as I could. I knew Brian was thinking the same. It was why I preferred to read from Brian’s POV just a bit longer to see how he reacted after he found Jamie. It really did ruin the book for me but in the end, it still remained a favorite book I could treasure it for as long as I could. Yes, it was hard to read, but I knew it was necessary to see their journey through everything.

Now, I was a bit disappointed to not see more of Adam, but he was soon forgotten after seeing how many awesome friends Brian made. Especially Mike who had been there for him for everything. Alex…one of my favorite character and he happened to be close friend with Jamie so I got plenty of time to learn more about Alex. To see two of my favorite secondary characters together, it warmed my heart completely. After finishing this book, I knew I had to keep reading the third book no matter what. It was that good.

I highly recommended for any age since it does have some adult materials but everything is faded to black type of thing so it’d be comforting for any readers. Just be sure you’re strong enough to handle the pain the men had gone through to survive. Especially the ending.

Review: Waiting for Forever: Choices

Waiting For Forever - Choices by Jamie Mayfield
Title: Waiting for Forever: Choices
Author: Jamie Mayfield
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Waiting for Forever: Book I

Part One: The Throwaway Boy

As the country’s religious and secular leaders battle over equality in the abstract, Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield live in the crossfire. In their little town of Crayford, Alabama, loving another boy is the worst kind of sin. Best friends since childhood, they explore their love and each other in Jamie’s backyard tree house as they hide from the world. They happily plan for the future together—until their lives are rocked when their secret is exposed and Jamie’s family intervenes.

When hatred turns to violence in their sleepy little town, Brian tries to cope with the loss of his best friend, who is stolen in the night. In desperation, he turns to Adam, a new friend with a shared pain. Can Adam fill the hole left by Jamie’s absence? The answer will change everything.

Adapted from the award-winning Little Boy Lost series by J. P. Barnaby.

100% of the author’s royalties are being donated to help homeless LGBT kids find safe shelter.

Review:

First of all, I did read JP Barnaby’s version of Lost Boy series and I actually preferred the Young Adult version because it was more comfortable for me to read and follow Brian’s journey. The intimate scenes were much less, which would be an excellent read for any young kids. I remember how heart breaking it was for me to read back then and it still did in this book. It is a story I’d treasured it in my heart because it killed me to see what Brian had been going through. It was more emotional since it was told in first person point of view.

The first part of the story was adorable and exciting to see how Brian and Jamie came to a realization that they were attracted to each other in a more than friendship type of relationship. Since I read the Lost Boy, I kept getting nervous knowing what would happen to them soon. It made it a bit challenging for me to keep on reading since I didn’t want to see Brian got hurt emotionally. And then the physically later on into the book. It was a terrible thing for Brian to go through and it was amazing that he refused to let it ruin his life, even though it almost did.

Being in a small town, I could imagine how hard it would be for a gay person to survive and it didn’t matter how old this person would be. The minor character I adored were Brian’s teacher, Kyle. It was mentioned in the book that he’d had been struggling to survive as a gay teacher, which meant he actually had to bring the lawsuit in order to save his job. He was a brave soul and refused to let the bigots forced him away.

Now, there was Adam and I wished I would be able to read more of him in this book. He was a second person that made Brian much more alive than he used to be before he joined Karate for self-defense and a development of strength to stand up for himself. In other word, Brian needed to find his confidence back. Adam was there in between and he turned out to be a special person to Brian and his family. I hope I would be able to read more about him in the next book since I only read the first book of the Lost Boy series so the second book would be a surprising read for me. I look forward to that!

I definitely highly recommended you to get the book and join Brian and Jamie’s journeys. Just keep in that in your mind, all royalties Jamie Mayfield would receive will all go to homeless LGBT Kids find safe shelters. It is a great cause!

Review: Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood

Point Pleasant by Jen Archer Wood
Title: Point Pleasant
Author: Jen Archer Wood
Cover Artist: Svetlana Fictionalfriend
Publisher: Self-Published
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Amazon
Genre: Horror
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Ben Wisehart grew up in the idyllic town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. An early encounter with the supernatural shaped his worldview and served as the catalyst for his career as a bestselling horror writer.

Ben left Point Pleasant at the age of twenty. Thirteen years after abandoning his home, he returns to the town to investigate the apparent reemergence of the terrifying creature responsible for his childhood nightmares.

In Point Pleasant, Ben is confronted not only by the town’s resident monster, the Mothman, but also by Nicholas Nolan, Ben’s former best friend. Together, with Bill Tucker—the old recluse who lives on the edge of town—Ben and Nicholas uncover the mystery of the monster in the woods and discover that the ghosts that haunt us are sometimes made of flesh and blood. And sometimes, they lead us home.

Point Pleasant is an illustrated novel and features over a dozen works of original art by Svetlana Fictionalfriend.

Review:

I didn’t even want the book to end. It was probably one of the best horror books I have read in like forever. It wasn’t even gore at all. It was the story telling the author had mastered at. The main theme of the book was ‘home’. You would understand when you read the book. Trust me, you wouldn’t be disappointed with this book. Yes, it was long but at the same time it didn’t feel like it was actually that long. It was estimated 419 pages on Amazon. I only spotted one typo and it was a person’s name so it didn’t bother me at all.

The opening captured and hooked me in completely when Ben and Nic was in their pre-teen age being chased by a myth the townspeople would call “mothman”. It was the only part that actually made me much more curious about the myth creature. It wasn’t what I expected when I discovered more details about the creature. That creature was freaky scary. I was really shocked when a tragedy happened to Ben. I didn’t see it coming, but I understood why the author decided to go that path to make the novel much stronger. It had all the creepiness I seek for in the novel, so I didn’t have any issue with the haunting part of the book. The author created awesome plots to keep me attached to the novel and even made me want to visit Point Pleasant.

The relationship development between Ben and Nic was really good. The dialogue was wonderful, too. I hardly found any issue for the romance part of the novel. None of the plots relating to romance pulled me out of the story. Other than the horror, my most favorite scene of the novel had to be the time Kate, Ben’s sister visited Ben in Point Pleasant because I laughed out loud several time when they were talking together and have Kate test on Nic in every possible way even the embarrassing part. I fell in love with Kate’s personality and Ben was lucky to have her as his sister.

If I could rate the book more than five stars, I would.  After finishing the book and had a couple of illustration to look at, I ordered the Point Pleasant: The Color Companion. It contained 35 pages of colored illustration. The author chose perfect person to bring the novel live into art.

I definitely highly recommended the book even to those who don’t like to read horror. There’s no goriness in the novel. I am looking forward to the author’s future work.

Review: Heroes & Villains by Harper Kingsley

Heroes & Villains by Harper Kingsley
Title: Heroes & Villains
Author: Harper Kingsley
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating:
Rating★★¾

Blurb:

All Vereint ever wanted was to be a superhero, fight alongside the other great heroes of the city and beat down the villains that plague them. There’s just one problem: he sucks at it, at least according to the other heroes and the majority of the city. Instead of the greatness and glory of which he dreamed, Vereint spends his days alone, exhausted, and depressed.

When the mockery and derision finally go too far, Vereint decides he’s reached his limit. If he’s never going to be good enough to succeed as the hero Starburst, maybe it’s time to try the role of villain instead …

Review:

This was one of those stories I wanted to love but just couldn’t.  I love superheroes, comics and fantasy, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. It is such a great idea and I could see this one being a really good story, the bones are there but so are things that bog it down.

Vereint starts out as a superhero, it’s something he really wants to be but he can’t seem to get the hang of it. He has powers galore which he has trouble controlling. When he realizes the superhero route isn’t working for him he decides to tryout being a supervillain which goes much better.

Warrick is part of a Superhero group, kind of like the police, they use their powers for good but when he runs into Vereint for the first time he can’t believe this guy. Warrick wonders if Vereint is a wannabe but when Vereint’s powers get away from him and he has no idea how to control them Warrick knows he’s legit but definitely not safe for anyone to be around. There is an instant attraction between these two and after their first meeting neither can forget the other.

This story isn’t your typical romance, Warrick and Vereint do have feelings for each other and their on again off again relationship throughout the book is sweet at times, they don’t really get together until near the end of the story where they do get their HEA.  I never felt any connection to the MC’s or the story which made it difficult to read. Most of this story reads like a comic book and if you are into that this may work for you but I was expecting more. I found the story too long and I thought it would have done better as a shorter story.

Review: The Return by Brad Boney

The Return by Brad Boney
Title: The Return
Author: Brad Boney
Cover Artist: Tricia Dunlap
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay, Questioning, Bisexual
Length: Long Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

Music. Topher Manning rarely thinks about anything else, but his day job as a mechanic doesn’t exactly mesh with his rock star ambitions. Unless he can find a way to unlock all the songs in his head, his band will soon be on the fast track to obscurity.

Then the South by Southwest music festival and a broken-down car drop New York critic Stanton Porter into his life. Stanton offers Topher a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert, where a hesitant kiss and phantom vibrations from Topher’s cell phone kick off a love story that promises to transcend ordinary possibility.

Review:

I wish I could give this story more stars I loved The Nothingness of Ben and couldn’t wait to read The Return but there were things that didn’t work for me. The writing is excellent and I do think Brad Boney is a great storyteller but in this book there is too much that I didn’t think necessary and I found myself getting bored in places to the point of me wanting to skim pages. I love reading dialogue and I find in a lot of stories there isn’t enough but in The Return it sometimes goes on way too long without moving the story along. The alternating chapters from past to present got me confused at the beginning but once I got a real feel for it I liked getting Stanton’s back story as much as watching the growing relationship between Stanton and Topher.

I loved all of the players in this story and I thought there was a real connection between Topher and Stanton but Topher stole my heart, I loved everything about him he was the perfect MC. The reincarnation aspect was intriguing but even that ended up being over the top but it does explain the GFY storyline, at least to me it did. I waited for there to be a pull at my heartstrings, make me sob uncontrollably, gut wrenching emotional scene between Stanton and Hutch that never happened and I was actually disappointed that it wasn’t there. This story has very little if any drama but it does have a beautiful love story that has an HEA.

I will definitely be looking to read more from this author. It is unfortunate this one didn’t work as well as The Nothingness of Ben did for me.