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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: The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton

The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton
Title: The Ranch Foreman
Author: Rob Colton
Cover Artist: Leah Kaye Suttle
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

When Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after an openly gay veterinarian shows he’s interested in Matty, Baxter’s repressed feelings lead to an explosive encounter. Baxter then withdraws—leaving Matty feeling angry and used—until an accident forces him to confront his fears.

Review:

After Madison Ward could no longer take care of his ailing Aunt Martha, his cousin Brian Ward not only found him a job, but a place to live on the Gates ranch as well.

Never having done ranch work before, Matty starts out as the low man, as a stable boy. Being out of the closet isn’t always possible in ranching. When an unwanted pass by a fellow coworker leads to more, the only man Matty has eyes for steps in.

Baxter Hollingsworth is not use to showing anyone but his stallion his emotions. Allowing the man that has captured his attention to escape due to his fears of being out, leads him to be drastic changes.

What I enjoyed…

I loved watching Matt find his place on the ranch. A city slicker in tennis shoes learns not only how to wear cowboy boots, but how to fill them as well.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I really think this book could have used a few chapters from Baxter’s point of view. I would have loved to hear what was going through his mind when Matt Ward walked into his life. Most of the time Baxter comes off as a jerk. Having his POV could have added to his character.

Overall, I give The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton three stars. I think the story will be devoured by cowboy fans. I just felt the story was too one sided. The plot felt rushed to me. This took away from getting to really know the other characters in the story as well as we got to know Matt.

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: 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: Life in the Land by Rebecca Cohen

Life in the Land by Rebecca Cohen
Title: Life in the Land
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

The magic of the Sawyer family’s extremely green thumbs comes straight from the land. But Bobby Sawyer’s expected superpowers don’t become a reality until he kisses his best friend, Mike Flint. That kiss moves the earth—literally.

When he moves to the city, leaving Mike behind, Bobby keeps his green thumb nimble by working in a garden center and uses his superpowers to help fight crime. He’s on a mission when a bomb explodes, leaving him seriously injured, forcing him to return to the family farm—the source of his strength—to recuperate.

While attempting to recover, Bobby realizes Mike is still the love of his life. But Mike is leery: Bobby left him once before. What if all Bobby needs is one more magical kiss?

Review:

I found the book to be a cute romance story and happened to be a bit too short for my taste. Between first part and second part, it skipped way too much. Nearly lose my interest in the book hence the losing star. The first part hooked me so well until I start the second part and got so confused when the author skipped a couple years later without any explanation but it soon finally explained later into the story. I thought the author would have make the story stronger if the author added a part between first and second to let the transition goes smoothly.

What I like…

Original idea for how character gets its magic. I like the idea of how Bobby brings the life from a seed when he attempts to be a hero of the town. It nearly costs his life and it brings him back to Mike and makes me fall in love with the book again. The relationship between Bobby and Mike are realistic in the book. They’re making for each other very well.

What I don’t like…

The fact that author skipped so much in between the part one and part two. I don’t feel any pain for Mike when Bobby chooses to leave him to live in the city. I don’t see any pain in the book until Bobby returns to his hometown and sees Mike again. That was the only thing I don’t like about the book and it being too short, too.

Overall, it is a good magic book I think everyone should check it out. If the author writes more similar book to this, I’d pick it up without a hesitance.

Review: Pitch by Will Parkinson

Pitch by Will Parkinson
Title: Pitch
Author: Will Parkinson
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Jay
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
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: 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
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
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
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
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: The Price by Dominique Frost

The Price by Dominique Frost
Title: The Price
Author: Dominique Frost
Cover Artist: Kalen O’Donnell
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Cale is a serving-boy at a high-class brothel in the city of Havisham. He isn’t one of the courtesans, largely because he’s too clumsy to manage seducing anyone, but he does his best as a servant, keeping the wine-glasses filled and the guests happy.

Everything changes when the warlord Darren Kaine visits the establishment. Darren is the new ruler of Havisham and is a brusque, commanding man. Fresh from a war that’s lasted over six months, Darren is in no mood for frippery, and chooses Cale to accompany him for the night, rather than any of the courtesans on display.

Indeed, Darren so prefers Cale’s straightforwardness and simplicity that he decides to make Cale his concubine, and to have Cale visit him at the palace, every night. Stunned by this new turn of events, Cale is further confused by his body’s reactions to Darren. Darren is darkly handsome, sexually demanding and absolutely committed to giving his partner pleasure – a fact that has Cale looking forward to his time with Darren, perhaps more than he ought to.

Darren, too, is in danger of forgetting that Cale is just a tool he uses to slake his lust. For a new ruler, every action comes with a price. Will this one be too steep to pay?

Review:

I really love this author I haven’t read a book by Dominique Frost that I didn’t like. My only negative is that they are too short. I find myself loving the characters, their story and getting really involved only to turn the page and see “The End” way too fast.

The Price is funny, sweet and quirky. It’s part historical and part fantasy a perfect pairing. Another perfect pairing is Darren and Cale they are such great MC’s and their relationship is…..different but a good different. Darren is a warlord that goes to a high-class brothel for release after battle. He likes the ‘no involvement’ type of relationship he gets there after having been betrayed by someone he had fallen for. This is just so much easier. Cale is a serving boy in the brothel that Darren frequents but Darren mistakes him for one of the courtesans after Cale literally falls into his lap. He sees something different and interesting about Cale, he’s not all primped up like the others and he sometimes forgets his place and speaks his mind.

Cale made me laugh, his snarky attitude was hilarious and the dark and brooding Darren was just too scrumptious not to fall in love with. The minor mystery/suspense part of the story was good but like all short stories there just wasn’t enough. The flow is smooth and it’s well written and there is a wonderful HEA.

Looking for a short, sweet read?  This is a good one. I’m looking forward to reading anything new from Dominique Frost. I highly recommend her books.