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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: Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson

Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson
Title: Beyond Duty
Author: SJD Peterson
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t come soon enough for Gunther “Gunny” Duchene and Macalister “Mac” Jones, career US Marines who met at boot camp in the 1990s. They’ve been somewhere between best friends and lovers in peacetime and wartime both, but as the clock ticks toward Mac’s and Gunny’s retirements, the guys have much more to worry about than coming out.

Whether their relationship will survive outside of the closet they’ve had to shove it into for over two decades is a big question mark. Gunny questions why a hot military man like Mac—who could get any guy he wanted, including a younger, sexier one—would want him. But as Gunny and Mac navigate emotional waters as choppy as any they saw on duty, they just might learn Semper Fi applies to more than their careers.

Review:

Mac Jones and Gunny Duchene are about to retire from the Marines. Having met in boot camp, for these best friends moving on is easier said than done. They’ve never called what they’ve built a relationship, but how they feel for one another can’t be denied. With DADT no longer in existence, Mac and Gunny no longer have to hide in the closet afraid of being discovered.

Before their retirement ceremony, there are parents to tell, wedding/honeymoon plans to make, and decisions each man must make about what comes after retirement.

What I enjoyed…

First off, I love Gunny and Mac! I love them together as a couple and on their own. These characters are so well written, that I had a hard time remembering they were just characters in a book.

There were several scenes where I totally swooned like a school girl. For instance, when Mac and Gunny finally say, I love you. One of my favorite moments came when Mac’s parents were coming over for dinner…

He stroked his hand soothingly along Mac’s stomach. “I’ll hold you together if you start to fall apart.”

I also loved how raw and cracked open Gunny and Mac are in each of their situations. These tough Marines faced many missions, but love has them both more exposed than they have ever been in their lives.

Clare Jones. This world needs more mothers like Clare.

There is a scene is this book where I completely wept like a baby. Gunny and Mac’s wedding was so beautiful. Like Gunny, I found myself holding out hope his parents would show.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I absolutely cannot think of one single thing that I didn’t love about this book.

I give Beyond Duty by SJD Peterson 5 stars. If you have never picked up a book by this author, then start with this one. Every time I read one of Miss Peterson’s books, I feel like I’ve gone home. Truly stunning material by spectacular author.

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: Save the Date by Kate McMurray

Save the Date by Kate McMurray
Title: Save the Date
Author: Kate McMurray
Cover Artist: Ginny Glass
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Save the Date | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Tristan knows he and his ex-boyfriend Stuart were not meant to be, but that doesn’t make the invitation to Stuart’s wedding any less of a punch in the face. Tris decides that the only thing for it is to find a super hot date to prove to Stuart that he’s moved on and is doing just fine, thanks.

The path to the altar is fraught with obstacles, however, and Tris has to deal with the wilds of online dating, wardrobe malfunctions, men who look like pirates, emotional baggage, grooms with cold feet, and sports team rivalries before he even gets to the wedding. But when Tris stumbles on love in the last place he expects, he’ll need to let go of the past in order to move forward.

Review:

Quirky Tristan is at a bar, having a meltdown. Granted, the bartender is one of his best friends, he continues falling apart. It isn’t every day that the man you dated for ten years sends you an invite to his wedding. Especially since you had only called it quits about a year ago. After his friends suggest he actually attend Stuart’s wedding with a smoking hot date, Tris decides giving internet dating a try.

Tristan is shocked when he stumbles across a familiar face. But Darrin is straight, isn’t he? How could he not know that one of his best friends is gay?

I loved this story from beginning to end. Tristan is a funny, boy next door type. He has a flair for the dramatic, but makes the reader beg for more. I was on the edge of my seat wondering if Tristan and Darrin were going to actually make it as a couple. The scenes with Stuart were hard to read, knowing how amazing Darrin was.

I give Save the Date by Kate McMurray, 5 stars. I loved the plot and flow of the story. The characters were so well written, I could easily picture pirate Stu in my mind. I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a funny, pick me up book. Kate McMurray has knocked it out of the park with this set of characters.

Review: Power Play: Resistance by Cat Grant & Rachel Haimowitz

Power Play: Resistance by Cat Grant & Rachel Haimowitz
Title: Power Play: Resistance
Author: Cat Grant & Rachel Haimowitz
Cover Artist: Imaliea
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Give me six months, and I’ll give you the world.

Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit.

Jonathan Watkins is a self-made Silicon Valley billionaire whose ex-wife took half his money and even more of his faith. Comfortable as a Dominant but wary of being hurt again, he resorts to anonymous pickups and occasional six-month contracts with subs seeking only a master, not a lover.

When a sizzling back-alley encounter cues Jonathan in to Brandon’s deep-seated submissive side, he makes the man an offer: Give me six months of your life, and I’ll open your eyes to a whole new world. Brandon doesn’t care about that; all he wants is the three million dollars Jonathan’s offering so he can buy the construction company he works for. But he soon learns that six months on his knees is no easy feat, and shame and pride may keep him from all he ever wanted—and all he never dreamed he had any right to have.

Review:

I absolutely live for stories like this one! I am still reeling from the psychological hangover from reading Powerplay. Rachel and Cat have created a series that I will be waiting in line for.

As a Dom, Jonathan has dealt with a lot of unusual situations. He is thrown off his game when Bran enters his life. Bran is stubborn, proud, and broken. In order to keep his sub and himself intact, he first has to discover what Bran’s real motives are.

The walls Jonathan has to scale to reach Bran brought me to tears several times while reading this story. I felt like Bran was stripped bare and careful hands crafted him back together.

This book will not be for everyone. The BDSM scenes were well written and had me squirming in my seat one minute and squeezing my eyes shut the next.

I have fallen madly in lust with the authors, characters, and plot of this series. I cannot wait for the next installment! I give this book a 5 star rating and would recommend it to anyone looking to stretch their boundaries or to anyone who enjoys taking a journey of discovery with their characters.