Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: Mended with Gold by Lee Welch

A photographer with post-traumatic stress disorder falls for a comics artist on a wild New Zealand beach, but can he find true love when he feels so wounded by life?

Everything changed when the bomb exploded. Forty-five- year old, Alex Cox worked as an international photographer until a deadly explosion left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotionally wounded, and desperate for a sense of safety, he's run all the way to wild and remote Kahawai Bay, New Zealand.

Under the worst possible circumstances, Alex meets Joe, a shy young comics artist. Joe lets Alex into his playful, gentle world of comics, and soon Alex is falling for him, hard. Alex longs for more. Joe is reticent. But is it shyness? Or does Joe not want a much older lover with "issues"? Or is something else keeping them apart?

This is a tender and uplifting story about creativity, adversity, true love, and comics

I found this to be a pleasant read overall. The writing is lovely and the author manages to create a tangible, yet realistic, world where the two main characters dwell and deal with the every day struggles of life. So often we were inside the characters' heads, so I often found myself wishing that I could have seen more interaction between the main characters to fully understand the depth of their feelings for one another. Mended with Gold is a beautifully written short story about two men finding their second chance at happiness.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

~ M

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Ai ni Dekinai Koi wa iya by Hanakawa Chito

Hello, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is Ai ni Dekinai Koi wa iya by Hanakawa Chito!

It must have been fate that brought Okada Yuuma and Yokoyama Naoki together. After helping each other in their times of need, the two men develop a strong friendship; however, things unexpectedly move much faster than they anticipated and now they must decide if they should stay friends or see where their new relationship takes them.

I really enjoyed this manga! These story is sweet and the artwork is lovely. I liked that Yuuma and Naoki's relationship progressed realistically and that they were friends before anything else happened. Highly recommended!

Read Ai ni Dekinai Koi wa iya here.

~ M

Monday, November 13, 2017

This Memory of Mine by Farah_Rose

This Memory of Mine by Farah_Rose

Alec is the victim of a hit and run accident and loses all of his memories. One day he comes face to face with a man who acts like he's seen a ghost and claims to know him. How will Alec deal with his memory loss, meeting his family members again and the guilt he feels for not remembering a certain gorgeous man; a man who was the most important person in his life?

This is one of those stories that rips your heart to shreds, but in the most beautiful way possible. Farah_Rose wonderfully weaves angst, guilt, joy and love into a story that could easily fall victim to cliché and tropes. The emotions she describes are so palpable and powerful that your heart will ache for both Alec and Magnus. Definitely give this story a try! You won't be disappointed.

~ M

Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review: Vampire Claus by Robert Winter

’Twas the night before Christmas, but what’s stirring is a little more dangerous than a mouse.

Taviano is nearly two hundred years old and never wakes in the same place twice. Weary and jaded, the vampire still indulges in memories of childhood Christmases in Naples. He lingers in shadow, spying on mortals as they enjoy the holiday. 

When Taviano spots a handsome young man in Boston loaded down with presents and about to be mugged, he can’t help but intervene. Soon he’s talking to joyous, naïve, strong-willed and funny Paul, a short-order cook who raised funds to buy Christmas presents for LGBTQ children. Before he knows what’s happened, Taviano is wrapped up in Paul’s arms and then in his scheme to get the presents delivered by Christmas morning. 

A vampire turned into a Christmas elf… What could go wrong?

This is a sweet story with sweet, yet flawed, characters set during the sweetness of Christmas. Taviano is a 200-year-old vampire who basically exists. He's aware of the demon inside of him and basically acts as a host for the creature. It isn't until he runs across a young man with a big heart, that he allows himself to feel again. I found that both of the main characters were very likable. Even though Taviano harbors a lot of self-loathing due to many sources, I found him to be quite endearing. Paul was also a nice character, but I found his use of slang extremely excessive. Even though I'm not that much older, I often felt like I was as old as Taviano, thinking to myself, "do people really talk like that in real life?" Beyond that, this is a cute Christmas love story that's perfect for curling up next to a fire.

3.5 stars
 I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Book Review: Rough by Hayden Hunt

Leaving was the hardest thing I ever did. That is, until I had to come back...

As soon as I turned 18, I left my old town behind. I wanted a new life, free from judgemental parents, free from the things I was not ready to accept about myself. Unfortunately, in the process of fleeing everything I hated, I also fled the one thing I cared about... My best friend, Aaron.

But now I have to come back and every piece of me is scared. I haven't gotten Aaron off my mind since I left and I both desperately wanted to see him and wanted to avoid him forever. I wish I could see him, but will he forgive me for what I've done? Is our relationship fixable after all these years?  

He makes me feel both amazing and terrible.

I've never been as close to anyone as I have been with Jesse. I had to admit, I missed that closeness. But with closeness comes vulnerability and he took advantage of that vulnerability to protect himself. This is something I'm not sure I can forgive, I never planned to.

But now he is back in my life and I don't know how to avoid him or if I even want to. I've never been so torn. Is he someone I should allow back into my life? 

This is your typical "second chance at love" story. The main characters are pretty likable, but, unfortunately, this book didn't really leave a lasting impression on me. I enjoyed seeing the slow progression of Jesse and Aaron's reconciliation, but it moved a little too fast for me at the end. If you're looking for a pleasant, quick read to pass the time on a rainy day, this is the book for you!

2.75 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

Monday, November 6, 2017

Summer Nights by AlxSteele

Summer Nights by AlxSteele

Alec and Magnus meet while working as counselors at a children's summer camp and have a whirlwind romance that stays with them long after they leave. Both expect to never see each other again (it was just a summer fling, right?), but when Magnus shows up for the first day of school and runs into the guy he fell head over heels for, how will he cope and how will Alec react?

As you can probably tell from the title, this story is inspired by Grease. Your heart will flutter as you read about Magnus and Alec's wonderful and romantic summer, but you will also be on the edge of your seat wondering how they will fare now that they can see each other nearly every day. If you're in the mood for a little humor, angst and fluffy romance, Summer Nights is the story for you!

~ M

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wild Life by crazyellephant

Wild Life by crazyellephant

While on a road trip, Alec encounters a hitchhiker down on his luck. Even though he usually likes to travel alone and enjoys the solitude and quiet, something about the man makes Alec want to help. They set off on an adventure across that country that challenges them and opens their hearts to love.

I LOVED this story! It consists of only a few chapters, but they are quite long and I devoured each and every one them. This road trip AU will make you fall in love with Alec and Magnus all over again, and their interactions felt very realistic and not like they were straight out of a romance novel. I can't say enough about this wonderful story that tugs at the heart strings. Definitely give it a try! You won't regret it!

Wild Life was inspired by a prompt based off of this picture of Harry. ;)

~ M

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Review: Another Way (Another Way #1) by Anna Martin

Although he's in a steady relationship with his girlfriend, Jesse Ross goes to others in order to sate his most secret needs. Jesse is a submissive and has been seeing his male Dominant for close to two years unbeknownst to anyone in his life. He harbors guilt, knowing he's doing this behind his girlfriend's back, but he could never ask her to perform the kind of acts he receives from his Dom, Will Anderson. Things change when both men develop feelings for one another. Jesse must come to grips with the realization that he wants to be with a man and he has to figure out how to tell his girlfriend. Will must take a step back and be patient while hoping the man he cares for so deeply chooses him.

LOVED this book! BDSM isn't ususally my cup of tea, but in this story I really enjoyed it. The focus on the relationship between Will and Jesse and the intense emotions they shared is what really caught my attention from the start and made me fall in love with the book. Jesse is confused and scared, but Will's patience, love and compassion allows him to make the right decisions for himself, Will and their evolving relationship. Jesse and Will's "sessions" made my heart race and their more tender, emotional moments with one another warmed my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and know others who enjoy m/m romance will as well.

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~ M

Monday, October 23, 2017

Waiting Game by bumblebeesknees

Waiting Game by bumblebeesknees

Magnus has never hid the fact that he's endlessly curious and an unabashed snoop, but the ring he discovers in Alec's dresser is genuinely by accident. He thinks he can wait for Alec to reveal this secret in his own time.

"The box is made out of dark mahogany. When Magnus picks it up with shaking fingers and without conscious thought, he sees that is has the marriage rune seared on the side in deft, elegant strokes.

'But that's just absurd,' Magnus thinks as his mind comes to the only logical conclusion. It can't possibly, possibly..."

I've read a lot of really great Malec stories over the past few months, but I have to say this is one of the very best! bumblebeesknees takes an issue between Magnus and Alec post-2x20 and presents in a very real and visceral way that pulled at my heartstrings in the best and worst ways. I don't want to say much more because I don't want to ruin the plot, but I highly recommend that you read this story. You will not regret it!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Angels and Man-Beasts by T.L. West

Zachary is an ordinary young gay man. He works for his father, has a crush on his straight roommate, and likes to procrastinate.

While visiting his aunt’s old cabin, he finds a wounded man, and the door to safety is forever closed. At first, Zachary doesn’t know what to make of the handsome stranger dressed as a knight, but he feels a connection with him.

Zachary’s life is turned upside down as his eyes are opened to the supernatural world. Not only must he survive dangerous man-beasts, but he is also forced to make sense of what it means to fall for an angel, and involve himself in a war between the Gods.

This is a very quick read, but I had a few issues with it. I didn't really feel any kind of romantic chemistry between Zachary and Barachiel. Yes, they had physical chemistry, but I didn't believe they had the potential to fall for each other. They barely had any interaction, so it was difficult for me to understand their sudden connection. I also felt like there were holes in the story. Maybe I missed something, but it seemed like the situation involving Zachary was never fully explained. The book just kind of ended and that was that. The sex scenes seemed to be to thrown in to the book and were unnecessary in my opinion. That time could have been better spent establishing the main characters and their connection to one another. The world created by the author was very interesting and a threat of war between the angels and man-beasts captured my attention, but I was left with more questions than answers.

All in all, this was an okay read, but with the help of a good editor or beta, this book could have had real potential.
2.5 stars

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~ M

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: In Over Our Heads by CJane Elliott

Hello! Thank you to Slashsessed for having me on today to share my new release, In Over Our Heads, a second chance romance set in Key West. This is the second book in my Stories from the Shore series and follows the events in All the Way to Shore.

A confession: I’ve never been scuba diving myself, although I’ve snorkeled in Grand Cayman (a scene in All the Way to Shore) and loved it. And I’d only been in Key West once very briefly when I wrote the story. So I asked some experts (and fellow authors) for advice. Dev Bentham is an m/m author who also happens to be a certified dive instructor and she ensured that my descriptions of the scuba instruction and dive were accurate. C.S. Poe is an m/m author who happens to live in Key West and she corrected my version of Key West geography. I’m much indebted to both of them!


When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it? My very first story I remember writing was when I was around 12 or 13. It featured a girl named Bunny B. who goes to a party and sees some racy things happening. The inspiration was me eavesdropping on one of my older sister’s friends who was talking about parties and S-E-X. My ears were wide open! So my interest in writing erotic fiction started early.

Where did the desire to write LGBTQ romance come from? It seems my interest in m/m also started early. In a high school English class we were given a prompt in the form of a picture of man standing in a doorway (either leaving or entering). I remember writing that the man was leaving his marriage because he’d realized he was gay (nowadays I would call him bisexual). And I wanted to give him a happy ending. This was years before I stumbled into the world of fanfiction and found these stories everywhere.

Tell us about your work in progress and what you’ve got planned for the future. I’m plotting the third book in the Stories from the Shore series, which will be the story of Miles from In Over Our Heads. I’m planning to use NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November to get 50,000 words written! We shall see how that goes.

Title:  In Over Our Heads
Series: Stories from the Shore
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 67,000
Genre: Romance, Second Chances, Vacation

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What Are You On? by light_wood

What Are You On? by light_wood

After Sam's death, Connor spirals out of control. One pill to calm his anxiety turns into two, which turns into harder drugs, and before he knows it, he's addicted. How did it come to this?

This is an interesting look at a "what if" situation in the HTGAWM universe. What if Connor really  was addicted to drugs and how would Oliver handle it? light_wood handles the tension, despair and helplessness of both men well and I'm looking forward to seeing how Oliver and Connor's relationship fares. Check it out!

~ M

image: ABC

Monday, October 16, 2017

Flames by jadegreendragon

Flames by jadegreendragon

When closeted firefighter, Alec, rescues Magnus from his burning building, sparks (literally) fly. Magnus can't seem to get the beautiful angel who saved him out of his mind, and Alec seems to inexplicably drawn to the dazzling man with an easy smile and radiant disposition.

*swoon* With each chapter that is released, I fall more in love with this story. Alec and Magnus are two of the sweetest people ever and I can't help but revel in their interactions with each other and their family and friends. This story has a great mix of tension, angst and cavity-inducing fluff that will definitely make it a new favorite of yours! Give it a try!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: The Past Comes Home (Ames Bridge #2) by Silvia Violet

Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother’s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he’s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did.

Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He’s there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels.

Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn’t as simple as it sounds, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men will have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations.

This is an enjoyable read with likable characters that will make you root for their happiness and success. I really liked Brad and his strength, tenacity and big heart. Pax was a little more difficult. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him, but his persistent, and often unfounded, doubts about Brad grated my nerves a bit. Even though several background characters were introduced throughout the book, I didn’t feel as though it was weighed down by them. They were all necessary to effectively tell Brad and Pax’s story.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet, second-chance-at-love story, The Past Comes Home is the one for you!

3.75 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M