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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
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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: 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: 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
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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: A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Maxfield

A Broken Kind of Life by Jamie Maxfield
Title: A Broken Kind of Life
Author: Jamie Maxfield
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating:
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

With a foreword by Cody Kennedy.

Aaron Downing is broken, barely clinging to the hope that one day, he will be normal again. His life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear, but he perseveres and starts college, determined to move on.

Then Aaron gets assigned to work with Spencer Thomas for his programming project. Aaron doesn’t want Spencer to think he’s a freak, but as he gets to know his new deaf friend, he figures out he doesn’t need to be “normal.” If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough to find his footing again.

Or so Aaron thinks until his parents begin talking about institutionalizing him to give his brothers a more stable life. He searches desperately to find a way to cope or even to fake normalcy. But his new shrink’s instability makes conquering his demons that much more difficult, and his attraction to Spencer threatens to send Aaron spinning out of control.

Adapted as a YA edition of the novel Aaron by J.P. Barnaby.

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

Review:

A Broken Kind of Life makes you stop and think about life and how quickly things can change.  It tells of two young men. One struggles to come back after a completely horrific attack and the other struggles with how he is treated for being deaf. The subject matter is hard and the struggles these young men endure are heart wrenching.

Aaron is a popular 16 year old high school student, plays soccer, and is a talented member of the debate team.  Aaron and his best friend Juliette are your average middle class teenagers.  Everything changes when they are brutally attacked on their way home from debate practice one night. Two years pass and Aaron is a broken person unable interact socially with others including his own family.  Starting college Aaron meets Spencer who is deaf and fighting his own social demons while dealing with his alcoholic retired psychologist father.

In college Aaron and Spencer are assigned a team project together and their story unfolds as these two build a friendship.  The journey is not easy for them, having to deal with the repercussions of Aaron’s attack and the limitations and social ramifications of being deaf.  Many of the details about the brutal night are conveyed to us when Aaron flashes back reliving the attack in is mind.  The relationship and the care and support between Aaron and Spencer is truly heartwarming. The author has written their story in such a way that you truly feel the emotions of these guys.

This was not an easy story to read and is definitely not for everyone. However, I absolutely loved this book. There were moments when I laughed, wept with sadness and joy, got angry, and where my faith in mankind was lost and restored. I highly recommend this book just be prepared for extreme disregard for a human being and the consequences left in the wake of that disregard.

Review: Bread, Salt & Wine by Dev Bentham

Bread, Salt & Wine by Dev Bentham
Title: Bread, Salt and Wine
Author: Dev Bentham
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Some wounds never heal. George Zajac grew up in a religious family with a father who beat “the swish” out of him. Now he’s a troubled man. At thirty-eight he moves across the country to start a new life in Los Angeles, working as the catering chef for a prestigious French Restaurant.

Kenny Marks, a writer who’s currently waiting tables, is everything George cannot be–flamboyant, proud and sexually confident. Enthralled by Kenny, and against his own better judgment, George agrees to a date. Sparks fly. The sex is better than good. But even after the two get close, George remains crippled by humiliating sexual hang-ups. Still haunted by his childhood, he lingers in the closet and can’t commit to a relationship with Kenny.

Love is the great healer, but is it enough? George’s emotional scars could drive Kenny away, and with him, George’s last chance at happiness.

Review:

I don’t know how to express how much I loved this book! Bread, Salt & Wine is very sweet, sometimes funny, sometimes sad but has the perfect HEA ending.  This is a story about 2 men, George is a Chef who heads to California to start a new life and Kenny is a waiter. George handles the catering and after working closely with Kenny they find themselves falling in love but there are some big hurdles to get over to reach their HEA. It’s about George’s struggle to overcome what happened in his childhood that won’t allow him to come out of that closet and be happy with who he is. He’s resigned to the fact he will never be in a relationship no matter how much he wishes it, until he meets Kenny.

Kenny, what can I say about Kenny…..I LOVED this funny, flamboyant, very sweet and very out young man. Kenny has no inhibitions and that terrifies George he’s not looking for a relationship, he’s hoping for a friends with benefits scenario with Kenny and against his better judgment Kenny accepts that kind of relationship and the rules George puts up. This is an accident waiting to happen.

The angst broke my heart I found myself reaching for a tissue more than once but it also had a lot of moments that had me laughing. Even with their age difference, George is heading to 40 and Kenny is younger by more than just a few years, their relationship works. It was never George taking care of Kenny it was actually the other way around and I loved that, it really shows how the abuse George suffered in his childhood has destroyed his confidence and kept him firmly in the closet.

Bread, Salt & Wine is book 4 of the Tarnished Souls series. It can be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading at least the first book where you get a glimpse of George and Kenny. I knew after reading Learning from Isaac that I wanted a story about George and Kenny so I skipped ahead to book 4 and got my story. Now I’m going to go back re-read the first book, read the next 2 then re-read Bread, Salt & Wine where I can spend more time with my new loves George and Kenny.

I’m sure book 2 & 3 will be just as beautiful so I highly recommend reading the Tarnished Souls series.

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
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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: The Pauper Prince by Sui Lynn

The Pauper Prince by Sui Lynn
Title: The Pauper Prince
Author: Sui Lynn
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Paranormal
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

2nd Edition
Changing Moon: Book One

Andrew Reed is smart and educated, but as long as his people are enslaved to the vampires, his options are limited. When he discovers a strange young man in his family’s barn, he shifts forms and trails the thief, trying to decipher why he smells familiar with a hint of something more. Excited by what he discovers, he reveals himself to Lance, and they return to Lance’s camp in the forest.

When Andrew’s family takes it on themselves to “help” by investigating Lance’s past, Andrew finds something neither of them could have imagined. If they band together, they have a chance to win their freedom—and a brighter future for all the races.

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.

Review:

Lance Fitz is a man without a home or family. We first meet him, “borrowing” items from the Reed family farm. Needing to repair his rundown shack for the winter, he is caught red handed stealing from none other than the sexy Andrew Reed.

Andrew follows the thief. At first, he can’t make any sense of the man. When he sees the thief shift into a wolf, Andrew doesn’t know if he should stay by the wolf’s side, or run to tell his pack. Andrew shifts to gain Lance’s trust. They both have a lot of explaining to do once the truth comes out.

When Lance tells Andrew of his past, Andrew sets out to uncover the truth. Little did both men know, the truth turns out to be the only thing that can save the freedom of Andrew’s pack.

What I enjoyed…

I really loved the concept of the pack being a family in this story. Lance had always been a man without a family. Being welcomed and treated as if he belonged made his character soar.

What I didn’t enjoy…

The word broken is over used in this story. When reading, I want an author to show me rather than tell me about a character. I think the author really missed out on some great writing opportunities by not showing the reader more of Lance’s brokenness.

I give The Pauper Prince, by Sui Lynn 4 stars. I think Sui Lynn’s writing and the story plot will delight all paranormal fans. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for that next great paranormal series. I honestly can’t wait to see where this series is going to go next.

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
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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
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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: Black Mahogany by Emily Carrington

Black Mahogany by Emily Carrington
Title: Black Mahogany
Author: Emily Carrington
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Can marriage be a shield, sword, and healing balm? That’s Aidan’s hope: use marriage to get out of town, preserving his relationship by saving his lover’s mind.

When the man who molested Aidan’s lover escapes a pedophile charge, Aidan will stop at nothing to keep his lover, Mike, safe. But Mike can’t imagine leaving the town he’s lived in all his life. Just as he can’t imagine letting go of self-recriminations or sharing his nightmares with Aidan. If they can’t find a way through this, their fledgling relationship will die before it can grow deep enough roots.

Review:

Black Mahogany by Emily Carrington picks up where Heartwood left off. In book two, we find Mike and Aidan struggling not only in their relationship, but in their professional lives as well, after the abuse scandal.

Mike is lost and in denial about his nightmares and the effects of the sexual abuse we went through. The small town has taken sides with his abuser, so finding a job is impossible.

Aidan will do anything to keep Mike safe. When he gets a personal invite to work in DC, he sees a way out of the small town life, where gay men aren’t accepted. When he brings up marriage, he doesn’t get the reaction he expected.

What I enjoyed…

I really loved how Ms. Carrington wrote the character, Aidan. Sometimes when an author sets out to write a character with a disability, the disability is often lost on paper. Ms. Carrington made you feel Aidan’s world without losing who Aidan is.

What I didn’t enjoy…

The flow of the story really made certain parts hard to comprehend. If the disjointed parts of the story were smoothed out, the story would have been more enjoyable. I felt like I was pushed and pulled in so many directions, it made it hard to concentrate on the development of the story.

I give Black Mahogany by Emily Carrington, 4 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys broken characters and strong partners. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.