Category Archives: Novel

Review: The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes

The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
Title: The Backup Boyfriend
Author: River Jaymes
Cover Artist: Killion Group
Publisher: Self-Pub
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start.

Dylan Booth doesn’t have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex’s company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec’s new boyfriend.

The ex suspects Dylan is lying.

Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane.

And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay.

But Dylan’s a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real…

Review:

As GFY stories go this one was a sweet read. I’m not a big fan of the GFY storyline but I’m glad I decided to read this it’s a bit different from the usual GFY storyline.

Alec and his ex Tyler run a clinic together and after a break up things are awkward for Alec especially when they are to receive a Humanitarian award for the work they do at their clinic. You see, Tyler has moved on and will be bringing his new boyfriend to the awards ceremony and to add insult to injury Alec’s parents will also be there which puts a bit of pressure on Alec. His mom still thinks the two can fix things and get married like she was hoping.

After the breakup Alec spontaneously buys a bike, a 1964 Harley-Davidson, unfortunately it’s not in tip top condition and is in need of work. He takes it to Dylan a mechanic specializing in classic bikes, he’s also the one that told a mutual friend that Alec needs get himself a starter bike….oops too late. Dylan finds himself helping Alec with his bike and more, he suggests he be Alec’s Backup Boyfriend for a party and a friend’s and for the award ceremony. This begins the friendship that eventually leads to something special.

I loved their interaction calm, patient Dylan is the perfect friend for Alec who can be just a tad high strung which had me laughing more than once. I loved the slow easy way they went from friends to lovers and I loved Dylan’s easy acceptance when the relationship turned sexual. He doesn’t freak out just the opposite he wants to explore this new situation he finds himself in. I loved how he had an aversion to labels and he didn’t feel the need to be pigeon holed and I loved their HEA.

Overall I really liked The Backup Boyfriend; there were a few small glitches but nothing major. The men were hot, the sex was hot and the story was engaging.

I recommend this to everyone.

Review: A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook

A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook
Title: A Little Night Murder
Author: J.S. Cook
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

In 1942, Pearl Harbor has been bombed and the war is very much in evidence, but it would seem to have little to do with Frank Boyle, a respected Bronx born insurance investigator. He’s a man who can keep secrets, and no one suspects that his boyhood friend—local mob boss Nicky Brooks—is his lover. When Brooks accidentally kills Frank’s younger brother in a shootout, Frank must choose between his affair with Nicky and revenge for his brother’s life.

After Frank betrays Nicky, police detective Sam Lipinski, a Bronx native who has long carried a torch for Frank, makes a move against the mob and lands squarely in the way of Nicky’s plans. Sam smuggles Frank out of New York to keep him safe, and sets him up him in a small northeastern city. But there, a messy insurance investigation involving the Roarkes, who may or may not have killed their own mother for the insurance payout, places him in danger again. Dodging bullets, shady characters, and fallout from the war, Sam and Frank will need far more than luck on their side if they’re ever to see a loving future.

Review:

A Little Night Murder is a good story and I enjoyed reading it but something was missing for me and I don’t know what that something was. It starts out great, the story works, I liked the MC’s and all the secondary characters but unfortunately I never found myself connected to any of them.

It’s a historical about the mob and what happens when you get involved with them. It spans a couple of decades but the early years are told in flashbacks. Frankie Boyle is in hiding, he testified against his boss and lover Nicky Brooks after a shooting sanctioned by Nicky kills Frankie’s little brother. Frankie ends up in Newfoundland where he finds a pretty good life working as an insurance investigator until Nicky gets out and comes looking for Frankie.

When Nicky heads to Newfoundland to find Frankie, Frankie’s long time friend and sometimes lover Sam comes to Newfoundland to watch out for him….or so he’s led to believe. Sam is Frankie’s love interest but at a time where being gay can get you killed and Sam is somewhat unsure about how he feels and what to do about their relationship. Theirs isn’t an easy one but they do want to be together.

This story is full of mystery, intrigue and most of all revenge, there are twist and turns with a lot of ‘who done it’.  It’s well written and it moves at a good pace. The romance part is secondary but it works. Everything falls into place with this book and that makes it confusing to me as to why I didn’t fall in love with it. I did learn part way into the story that it’s part of a series and I wonder if reading the other two before this one would have made a difference.

It is a good read and I do recommend it for those that love to read historicals with a mysteries.

Review: Positive by Tia Fielding

Positive by Tia Fielding
Title: Positive
Author: Tia Fielding
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though the case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.

Review:

Tia Fielding has written an engaging story about Love, the choices we make along with the ramifications, and the feeling of being wronged in some way.

Milwaukee Detective Shawn Mackey and his husband journalist Brent Walsh, have been together for years with the expectation of a short breakup that changed their lives forever. Ben Sutherland has lived his life with a prostitute for a mother and the resentment of being wronged.

The plot is really two fold. The lives of Shawn and Brent are intertwined with the despair that causes Ben to use blood tainted with the AIDS virus as a weapon.  Ben takes his frustration out by shooting individuals, that don’t see what they have, with darts filled with the tainted blood.  This hits home to Brent and Shawn who have been living theirs lives with the apprehension of spreading the virus that Brent contracted one drunken night during their breakup.

While there was definitely some holes in the plot I enjoyed this story along with the development of the characters.  The ups and downs shared by this guys led credibility to the story and it was engaging to see them work through them and come out stronger.  All of the characters were well developed including their sisters, Brent’s long time best friend Ollie, Shawn’s partner Ashley, narcotics officer Malik and shooter Ben. The wrapping up of Ben’s story by comparing it to Brent’s was very well done.  In the end the book gave the reader closure in an elegant manner.

All in all I would recommend this book.  It is not your typical love story, but the elements are there and these guys are an adorable couple who deal with the challenges of their lives quite well.

Review: Pitch by Will Parkinson

Pitch by Will Parkinson
Title: Pitch
Author: Will Parkinson
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★½

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

The day Jackson Kern walks into Taylor Andrews’s classroom is a momentous day in Taylor’s life. He’s had crushes before, sure, but as time goes on, this is starting to look a whole lot more serious. Still, Jackson doesn’t return Taylor’s feelings.

Taylor has his own admirers, though. Kevin Richards is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants right now is Taylor, so when Taylor rejects him, Kevin retaliates. At first Taylor’s entourage rallies around him, but then Kevin takes his deception one step further and Taylor sees his support dwindle, teaching him the valuable lesson about who he can truly consider a friend.

Review:

Will Parkinson has created an enjoyable young adult/coming of age story centered on the lives of five high school students: Taylor, Benny, Jackson, Addy, and Becca.

  • Taylor is the primary character of this story.  He is a talented artist who falls in and out of crushes quite frequently.
  • Benny has been Taylor’s intelligent, witty, and level headed “straight” best friend since kindergarten.
  • Jackson is the new kid and an athlete that excels playing baseball.  His life has been lonely due to the constant moving around caused by his father’s job.
  • Addy is the adopted child whose biological parents abused him physically and mentally.
  • Becca is the self-centered, attention grabbing, high school cheerleader who wants to be with those that improve her popularity.

 

Between these five they run the gamut of issues and live experiences including bullying, obsession, fitting in, the new kid, crushing, pressure for good grades, gay bashing, outing, homophobia, and abuse. The lives of these five intertwine through a multitude of happy and sad events dealing with what life dished out.

Keeping the age of these kids in mind and remembering that they are high school age makes their actions understandable and believable.  There is the typical teenage reaction to life along with some profound wisdom and adult reactions. The story tugs your heart in all directions. The drama is over the top at times and the issues dive pretty deep. Simply though, it all works together and weaves a sweet story with enjoyable characters and a dash of angst.

Review: And So It Begins by R.G. Green

And So It Begins by R.G. Green
Title: And So It Begins
Author: R.G. Green
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Prince and Trader: Book I

For hundreds of years, the kingdom of Llarien has maintained a defense against the barbarians. Now, activity at the border draws attention from Kherin Rhylle, the less-favored younger son of the king. Kherin suspects a deeper purpose behind the attacks, but his father refuses to grant permission to travel to the border, despite Kherin’s obligated tenure as a Defender. Not even unprecedented deaths or the serious injury of Kherin’s brother, the crown prince, can change the king’s mind.

Then Derek Resh, kingdom trader and Kherin’s closest friend, convinces the king to allow Kherin to travel with him, and an unexpected journey to the border proves the threat real—while an unexpected intimacy with Derek makes Kherin realize that his feelings go deeper than the friendship they have shared for most of his life. But even that turns devastating, as Derek won’t pursue anything more intimate when the king’s disapproval is certain.

Grasping at straws, Kherin is caught between a danger he doesn’t understand and the desire for a deeper relationship he can’t have. And then there’s the magic that threatens to return after being banished hundreds of years ago….

Review:

And So It Begins is an appropriate title for this book. After finishing the book you are left with just the beginning of the story. As I write this review I am trying to decide if I liked And So It Begins or not.

The story is set in the fantasy kingdom of Llarien and is centered on Kherin Rhylle and Derek Resh.  Kherin is the second prince of Llarien, who at the beginning is stuck in the castle library with a broken leg instead of defending the Llarien borders. Derek is a trader who travels throughout Llarien gathering information that he provides to the king.  Derek is valued by the king, but the relationship between the King and the second prince is strained and tension between them is intense.

Kherin’s brother Adrien is wounded in an attack and Kherin and Derek set out for the border that he was defending.  Upon their arrival they discover that his injuries are more than physical and a mystery.  We also learn that the Northerners are threat but we don’t know why.  Kherin and Derek have always been best friends and the fondness between them is revealed during their journey and their time spent in the border city of Gravlorn.  Along the way the sexual tension builds between them, but the perceived wrath of the king keeps getting in the way.

This installment of the series is focused on building the fantasy world that is the setting for the series.  You are introduced to the dynamics of the Llarien population and the mystery of the opposing Northerners. The pace of this book is slow while you are given time to learn about the characters with the plot being developed along the way.  If you are expecting closure at the end of the book you will be disappointed.  I have yet to read the second book in the series, but I expect it will pick up where this installment left off.

So did I enjoy the story?  Yes, R.G. Green put a lot of thought into the development of these characters and the world they live in.  I will say that when I turned the last page the story felt incomplete and I am hoping that the next book in the series, Find a Way, will fill in the blanks.

Review: Parting Shot by Mary Calmes

Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
Title: Parting Shot
Author: Mary Calmes
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

A Matter of Time Story

Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.

Review:

Duncan Stiel is a police detective working an undercover sting when things go beyond FUBAR. Shot and left for dead, the only thing Duncan wishes he had was more time to get to know Aaron Sutter. Duncan couldn’t believe how fast he fell for the wealthy businessmen. After dinner with mutual friends, both Duncan and Aaron knew there was more to explore.

Aaron doesn’t understand why Duncan stopped calling. Things were going really well. The fight for power against his father has taken up most of his time, but he still missed Duncan.

When Duncan discovers Aaron’s brother knows more information in a murder case, Duncan knows he’s going to have to deal with Aaron again. He thought he was finally over the man, but it turns out he is a great liar, even to himself.

Aaron and Duncan go undercover to put a nasty piece of rich boy scum. Things get out of hand quickly after Duncan is beaten up. The longer it takes contact someone on the outside, the longer their lives are in danger.

This book is part of the A Matter of Time series. I have to be honest, I haven’t read any of this series, but I’m gonna have to backtrack and discover what I’ve missed!

As anyone who enjoys this genre knows, Mary Calmes is a top notch writer. The woman can seriously write stories that will melt your heart and overheat your tablet. So it pains me to say this story didn’t meet my expectations.

Usually in a Mary Calmes story, the characters are strong and consistent throughout the story. While Duncan and Aaron are great characters, I felt like they were both inconsistent in several places. It took away from the story for me.

That being said, I think the rest of the story was excellent. There is a lot of sex in this story, but I think it adds to the instant attraction these two felt for one another. I am a total Duncan fan! I loved how dedicated he was to his job. He goes on my all time favorite character list.

I give Parting Shot by Mary Calmes four stars. I think her old fans and new fans alike will enjoy this story. If you haven’t read anything by Mary Calmes, then stock up today! This author is simply one of the best authors I’ve ever read.

Review: My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister

My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister
Title: My Only Sunshine
Author: Rowan McAllister
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.

But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.

Review:

Tanner Willis can’t last much longer. After a recent hospital stay, Tanner finds himself stumbling down an unknown road, heading God knows where. Tanner stumbles onto the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch just as two men slaughter a cow for amusement. He never meant to pass out near the murder animal, but his battered body just couldn’t take any more.

After three months of being back on the family ranch, Mason Seidel is finally alone. Camping out in an old bunkhouse, Mason is jarred from his contentment with the sounds of an animal in distress. Looking at tire tracks leading away from the scene, Mason almost missed the other body lying close to the slaughtered animal. Mason doesn’t stop to look the man over, for all he knows; he’s captured one of the murders.

With cracked ribs and in desperate need for food and water, Tanner finally gets the Sheriff and handsome rancher to understand he’s in no shape to harm an animal. Tanner is taken in by Ed, the ranch foreman and his wife Lucy. A hot meal and a bed to rest, leaves Tanner feeling hopeful.

Mason knows how his father would behave if he acted on his attraction to Tanner. After being kicked off the ranch when he came out, Mason has returned to help his father after a stroke left him in a wheelchair and near helpless. The nasty homophobic slurs his father spews daily leaves no doubt in Mason’s mind that if he is to have a relationship with Tanner, it is to be kept private.

Mason can’t promise Tanner much, but it is all Tanner needs at the moment. The pair finds themselves head over heels in love and no longer able to hide their affections. Things come to any ugly head when Mason’s father passes away. His once supportive sister lashes out and says some pretty nasty remarks.

When Mason’s sister tells him to read a copy of the will, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that Mason is denied anything. As long as he has Tanner, the rest is easy to face.

What I enjoyed…

I really loved Mason and Tanner’s relationship in this story. While things weren’t ideal from the get go their attraction and commitment to one another never seems to fail.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this story wasn’t tangled in a miscommunication plot. It could have easily turned out that way, but the author chose to write an entertaining plot without falling in that rut.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I only have one small complaint about this story. We learn pretty early on that Tanner left his family after an argument with his parents. I only wished more was written about this. It seemed like a pretty big event in his life more should have been explained, in my own opinion. There is the last chapter where things come together and he and his family are reunited, I was just left needing a little more.

I give My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister four stars. I think this book is well written and will be a hit with fans of cowboy themed books. The characters in this book are standout and so well written, they feel real. I think McAllister has a beautiful way of telling a story. I will most certainly be looking up this author’s backlist!

Review: Jasper’s Mountain by John Inman

Jasper's Mountain by John Inman
Title: Jasper’s Mountain
Author: John Inman
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Mystery
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

When small-time thief Timmy Harwell recklessly “borrows” a Cadillac for a joyride, he doesn’t expect to find a cool $100,000 in the trunk. His elation turns to terror when he realizes the SUV and the dough belong to Miguel Garcia, aka El Poco, a Tijuana drug dealer with a nasty reputation. Timmy sees only one way out: leave the stolen car behind and run as fast as he can.

His getaway is cut short when a storm strands him outside Jasper Stone’s secluded mountain cabin. Jasper finds Timmy in his shed, unconscious and burning up with fever, and takes care of the younger man, nursing him back to health. The two begin to grow close, but Jasper, a writer who seeks only solitude, is everything Timmy isn’t. Straightforward, honest, and kind.

Timmy needs Jasper’s help—and wants his respect—so he hides his dishonest habits. But when El Poco comes after him, Timmy realizes he’s not the only one at risk. His actions have also put Jasper in harm’s way. Honesty now could mean Timmy loses the man he’s come to love, but not being honest could mean far worse.

Review:

After reading the blurb, I was so excited to start reading the book and boy, was I disappointed? I was. The first sixty-five percent of the book was honestly so boring. It dragged on and on. There were too many sentences that involved with either of characters thinking about sex stuff. It was getting annoyed. There were a couple of times where I just want to screwed it and put the book to my didn’t finish shelf. I chose to keep on reading and I was glad I did because the last thirty-five percent of the book was awesome.

What I like—

Everything that was going on in the last thirty-five percent was the only thing I liked about the book. It was enough to pick two stars up to three stars rather than leaving the book as a one star. The crazy lies Timmy had spoken were making me nervous as heck. I was more worry about Jasper’s safety. Especially his pets. I couldn’t believe what was going on between them and El Poco. El Poco was one strange man. I was more shocked at how the Timmy and Jasper was saved. The descriptive the author wrote was excellent. The humor was fantastic in the book. I could see the author’s strengths in this book and looked forward to try his other books.

What I didn’t like—

The first sixty-five percent of the book, unfortunately. It kept dragged on and on. The author seemed to be making Jasper a pervert as well. Naturally, when I see a man that was in a need of the medical attention, I couldn’t even possible think about anything naughty inside my head while attempting at helping an injury/sick person. It ruined the book for me. I ended up skip through every page until the day Jasper couldn’t talk or be positively happy to see Timmy that morning. Timmy took the jeep away, which was when I start to pay attention to the story.

Overall, yes, I can still recommended the book since I was one of the few that didn’t enjoy the book as much as others did. If the first sixty-five percent of the book had been cut down, the book would have been a five star easily.

Review: Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony

Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony
Title: Stealing the Wind
Author: Shira Anthony
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Mermen of Ea: Book One 

Taren Laxley has never known anything but life as a slave. When a lusty pirate kidnaps him and holds him prisoner on his ship, Taren embraces the chance to realize his dream of a seagoing life. Not only does the pirate captain offer him freedom in exchange for three years of labor and sexual servitude, but the pleasures Taren finds when he joins the captain and first mate in bed far surpass his greatest fantasies.

Then, during a storm, Taren dives overboard to save another sailor and is lost at sea. He’s rescued by Ian Dunaidh, the enigmatic and seemingly ageless captain of a rival ship, the Phantom, and Taren feels an overwhelming attraction to Ian that Ian appears to share. Soon Taren learns a secret that will change his life forever: Ian and his people are Ea, shape-shifting merfolk… and Taren is one of them too. Bound to each other by a fierce passion neither can explain or deny, Taren and Ian are soon embroiled in a war and forced to fight for a future—not only for themselves but for all their kind.

Review:

I found the book to be a great read. It was something original, something I hadn’t read before. I didn’t read much of mermen stories to compare, though. I can assure you that Stealing the Wind was good.

I was with Taren from the beginning to the end. He had gone so much and he remained such a strong man. He refused let anyone pulled him down even though it almost did quite a few times. The tortures he had to deal with were a difficult scene to read. I kept hoping somehow he’d use his power or whatever to protect himself but he was entirely new to his kind. He never knew he was a merman until Ian rescued by him. Taren had a wonderful heart and he’d not give a crap about himself in order to save someone. In other word, he had the purest heart of all. Which was why I loved him in the book.

All other characters were fun to read as well. The author made the characters as real as possible and kept the story balanced with reality and fantasy. Not many authors had the skills to be able to do that in my opinion. It was a difficult task to meet. The author succeeded! Also, it even got better when the book was actually a book one to the series, which mean I will have a chance to read more of the awesome world the author had created.

What I like—

The originality, the world the author created, the balance between reality and fantasy, the obstacles Taren faced, and characters were described really well good and bad people. The sex didn’t take over the book. The plots won this time, which was perfect.

What I didn’t like—

I’ll have to be honest, the beginning of the book was about sex scenes, it made me thinking that it was what the book will be all about, but I was wrong. In the end, I didn’t have anything that I didn’t like in the book except for the fact it had ended and have to wait until book two. J

Overall, I definitely highly recommended you to check this one out for its awesome originality, balance between reality and fantasy, and world/character build.

Review: Under the Waterfall by Neil Plakcy

Under the Waterfall by Neil Plakcy
Title: Under the Waterfall
Author: Neil Plakcy
Cover Artist: Ginny Glass
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

As soon as they’re settled in their new home on the French Riviera, bodyguards Aidan and Liam are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family. Though they’re still in love, and having lots of sex, the disruption, and the discovery that the client’s son is gay and in a touchy relationship, causes both bodyguards to question their skills and their commitment to each other. Can they engineer a happy ending for Michel and his boyfriend, while protecting the family from deadly adversaries?

Review:

This is my first time reading anything from Neil Plakcy and it seems it’s become a habit of mine lately to read the last or the latest of a series first.  In this case it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book it can be read as standalone but reading from book one on would have given me more background of the MC’s. Is this story a romance? I’d have to say no, at least it’s not between the MC’s it’s more a love story, the romance has happened already in a previous book I haven’t read yet but definitely will now! There is a small romance between a pair of secondary characters that is very sweet and heartwarming.

Liam and Aidan are truly wonderful MC’s, the love, trust and respect they have for each other comes across so well, while at the same time the mystery and suspense they are involved in makes Under the Waterfall an exciting story to read. If like me you haven’t read any of the books in this series here is a very short explanation of what goes on in them. Liam and Aidan are partners in their private lives and in their business. They are bodyguards for hire, protecting people from the danger that may have befallen them.

In Under the Waterfall, as I assume in the previous books, you get a love story full of sexy and sweet and a mystery with all its intrigue and adventure. Like the blurb says Liam and Aidan are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family from an environmental group wanting to stop the reopening of the mine by any means necessary.  You will meet Michel the son of the mining executive and Cris the son of the man the family believes is behind the attacks. These two are so in love but neither family knows their son is gay so they have kept their relationship a secret. I loved these boys and my heart went out to them I wanted these two to find their HEA and while it’s not a true HEA it is only because their story has ended with this book. As far as Liam and Aiden questioning their commitment to each other, I didn’t see it that way at all. I saw two men that love each other enough that a discussion about getting aroused when they think of having sex with another man or men doesn’t tear them apart it just showed how much trust they have in each other.  Neither has strayed or acted on those feelings I thought their discussion made them that much closer.  Beautiful!

I’m looking forward to reading all the books in this series and anxiously wait for the next one. Under the Waterfall is well written with an easy flow, the perfect amount of intrigue and suspense with a very special love story.

I highly recommend Under the Waterfall.