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May
12

Review & Giveaway: Daylight Again by SE Jakes

Review & Giveaway: Daylight Again by SE Jakes Daylight Again Author: SE Jakes Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The Hell or High Water series is one of those that I liked a lot from the very beginning, but I’ve since become somewhat obsessed with. Prophet and Tommy are incredible characters, both of them tortured, scarred men who’ve never held much hope for themselves, or anything else, really, until they met each other. If Long Time Gone, the previous story in the series, was about Tom dealing with his demons, then Daylight Again is Prophet’s turn. I absolutely love Tommy and Prophet. Watching them evolve from being solitary warriors who always insisted on taking care of themselves, isolated from everyone—even those who are closest to them—into lovers who now depend on each other so completely has been a real pleasure. The way they care for one another is so intuitive and selfless that neither has to ask what the other needs. There’s a genuine sense of completion about their relationship, even though they’re still working on their respective issues. It’s the “work in progress” part of what they have, and their commitment to face whatever comes their way together, that keeps the romantic elements of Daylight Again unpredictable and pleasantly edgy. Often, I avoid talking too much about the erotic elements of a story, in an effort to avoid redundancy and clichés, but I’m going to make an exception in this case. Prophet and Tommy together are magic. Wonderfully sexy magic. Every time they’re together is so filled with purpose and intensity that there’s no mistaking it for anything less than real devotion. Sex between these two is usually demanding and rough, and rather than using it as a means to avoid their troubles, it’s the way in which they work through them. It’s how they understand one another best when words aren’t enough. For all these reasons I loved these moments. Plus, they’re just really, really fun to read (and reread). Although the relationship between Tommy and Prophet is the main focus of Daylight Again, the action is fairly relentless and kept me on edge for the duration of the story. Ms. Jakes doesn’t take it easy on her characters or her readers, carefully weaving one story together, only to turn the scene on its head by revealing the missing pieces at the last minute. In fact, there’s so much going on beneath the surface that wondering about what was really going on kept...
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May
11

Sunday Snippet: The Blush Factor by Gun Brooke

Sunday Snippet: The Blush Factor by Gun Brooke  About the Book The Blush Factor Author:  Gun Brooke Publisher:   Bold Strokes Books Released:  February 18, 2014 Author Contact:   Website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Live Journal Snippet Something about this young woman made it impossible for Eleanor to merely close her laptop and stop watching.  Eleanor noticed the nearly transparent hazel eyes immediately.  A charming band of freckles danced across her nose, which, together with her full, soft, pink mouth, gave her an aura of innocence.  Her blinding smile, wide and guilelessly open, pulled Eleanor in.  She called herself “Blush”, and this girl seemed to know everything about makeup, hair, and skin products – anything related to beauty.  Blush acted so natural in front of the camera, whether at her vanity or in any other room in her home.  Her voice was melodious and her laughter contagious. Eleanor had found this woman’s channel on YouTube while searching for the beauty gurus that had the most subscribers.  With more than 350,000 subscribers and millions upon millions of hits on her more than five hundred clips, Blush was among the most successful.  Young girls and women couldn’t seem to get enough of her advice, her reviews, or her tutorials.  Eleanor snorted.  She was no different.  This was the third evening in a row she’d sat for hours, thinking she would click on just one more link, watch one more clip of this fresh-faced young woman.  So she did, like an addict. Blush’s intro played and her now-familiar face came into view.  Her hair in a ponytail and with no makeup on, she seemed to be wearing only a bathrobe, which made Eleanor swallow twice.  Frowning, she tried to focus on what Blush was saying. “Hello, you wonderful people,” Blush said, waving.  “It’s been a whole week, I know, and I’m sorry.  Real life entered and I had to…deal with stuff.”  A shadow flickered across her features but was gone so fast Eleanor knew she would be replaying the clip later to see if she’d imagined it. “Today I thought I’d show you how you can look better for less.  I know we all love the expensive brands, but hey, most of us can’t afford them.  I can’t, normally.  Some of the high-end brands send me samples and new products to test, but you know my rule: if I didn’t buy it, it’s not going on my channel.  I usually end up giving those items away to charity.  The sealed ones, that is.”  She...
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May
8

Review: Tropical Paradise by Evelise Archer

Review: Tropical Paradise by Evelise Archer Tropical Paradise Author: Evelise Archer Reviewer: B. Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Lonely, but content with his life as a ferryman for a lush, tropical resort, Leo Santos only has one real regret: the college boyfriend he left behind when he returned to Puerto Rico to care for his ailing father. Skyler Macy never got over the sexy history major who broke his heart, but with a push from his sister, and some help from the 1Night Stand dating service, he’s ready to try to love again. One thing that’s certain, though, is that if Madam Eve becomes involved, miraculous things are bound to happen, and these two former lovers might find exactly what they’re looking for after all. While I’ve enjoyed all of the 1Night Stand stories I’ve read so far, I found it a little more difficult to get into Tropical Paradise. The two main characters, Sky and Leo, have been torn apart by obligation, but stayed that way when Leo stopped communicating with Sky, leaving a lot of hurt feelings for them to get back together as quickly as they did. But the 1Night Stand tales are known for being sexy and short, and Tropical Paradise definitely fits that description. I thought both men were incredibly sweet towards the end, though, and I wish there was a little more to their story so I could get to know them better. As an erotic romance, Tropical Paradise has plenty of enthusiastic make-up sex, and that’s where these characters really start to shine. Although the wording pulled me out of the story once or twice, Leo and Sky can’t resist each other, and as their time together progresses, their physical connection makes them realize they never stopped loving one another, leading to the happy ending they both deserve. The 1Night Stand series is ambitious and wonderful in that it is so diverse that there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for contemporary romance, historical fiction, LGBTQ titles, paranormal, or some combination of the above, you can find what you’re looking for and, in most cases, enjoy the story through to a happy ending in one sitting. Tropical Paradise is a good addition to the series, delivering a wonderfully sexy reunion and the promise of the happily ever after that makes this series so rewarding. My Rating:  B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues About the Book: Can Madame Eve work...
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Apr
22

Review: Catching Cary by Megan Slayer

Review: Catching Cary by Megan Slayer Catching Cary Author: Megan Slayer Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Can a formerly famous singer find real happiness with a younger man he just met who’s trying to escape his past? He just might in this short, sexy read about mistakes and second chances. Stuck in what seems like an eternal holding pattern, but for very different reasons, Layne and Cary are both ready to move on from their current situations. While neither of them is looking for a relationship, they don’t realize how lonely they really are until happenstance and bad karaoke bring them together. Easily read in a single sitting, with everything a story needs for a happily ever after, Catching Cary has it all covered: a likable main couple, drama, explicit sex scenes, and the bad guy even gets his comeuppance in the end. While the story itself progressed just as I expected it to, this is still a sweet tale, with plenty of heat between the main characters and a happy ending, too. If you’re looking for a quick m/m read with a feel-good resolution, then Catching Cary might be the perfect addition to your list. My Rating: B+: Liked It A Lot About the Book: Sometimes giving into fate gets you to the place you most want to be.  Cary Hazard walked away from his life as the front man for the band, Cascadia, to embrace a quieter existence in Zero. With no celebrities and no one wanting things from him, he’s happy. He’s also lonely. He wants to find that one special person to warm his nights and love him tattoos and all. Will he find what he wants or end up alone again or will the hunk at the Eight Ball bar be his saving grace?  Layne Stevens has a past he’s not proud of.  He’s looking for redemption, but not in the hands of a former star. If he can stay in the shadows, he’s happy, but lonely. The man singing at the bar has his full attention. He wants to wrap himself up in the guy’s strong arms. Will he be able to open up and offer his heart or will the truth destroy everything he holds dear? It’s a matter of catching Cary. Release Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: Decadent Publishing Series: Zero, Ohio #4 ISBN: # 978-1613336519 Genre: LGBTQ, m/m, Contemporary Erotic Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher Purchase Info: Catching Cary (Zero, Ohio...
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Apr
17

Review: Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau

Review: Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau Straight Shooter Author: Heidi Belleau Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Austin Puett is straight. He has to be, right? He plays on his college hockey team, can take a hit with the best of them, and is even next in line to be alternate captain. There’s no room in the game for anyone who’s not one hundred percent heterosexual. His life would be great if only he wasn’t about to be kicked out of his house and lose his job for being intolerant of his flamboyant roommate. And, if all the homophobic trash talking in the locker room didn’t turn him on so much. Each story in the Rear Entrance Video series revolves around the young men who work at the video store/sex toy shop and the difficulties they endure as they struggle to understand and accept their emerging sexualities. Straight Shooter is Austin’s story, the abrasive, obnoxious, homophobic jock who is so determined to convince himself that he’s unwaveringly straight that he’s offended his roommates to the point that he’s about to be kicked out of their house. Since his roommate’s aunt owns the video store where he works, he just might be out of a job, as well. When his roommates have finally had enough, they issue Austin an ultimatum: accept Bobby as he is and stop acting like a jerk or move out. But, Austin’s main problem isn’t really Bobby or his other roommates. It’s that he’s been lying to himself for years about his own sexual inclinations, and the inability to reconcile that truth with who he thinks he has to be in order to be accepted is tearing him apart. It is at this point that Austin’s journey really begins, and Ms. Belleau once again does what she accomplished so handily in the previous story—systematically picking apart the need for classifications and definitions of sexuality until the characters finally begin to live for themselves. Master Puck, or Liam Williams, is a fantastic character as well, and Austin’s evolution wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for him, especially in the earlier stages of their relationship. Porn star, pro-Dom, and former hockey great in his own right, Liam is the perfect one to make Austin see that he needs to stop punishing himself for having a kink that’s not-quite-straight. He’s the only person to accept Austin at face value and help him navigate his way through the desperation and shame that have...
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Apr
17

Author Interview & Giveaway: Heidi Belleau

Author Interview & Giveaway: Heidi Belleau Hello hello! I’m Heidi Belleau, and welcome to the Riptide Books Straight Shooter blog tour! Straight Shooter is the third (and final?) novel in my Rear Entrance Video series, and is the story of roommate Austin, a homophobic hockey player with a kinky secret . . . and the Dominant porn star who helps him get his act together. For the next two weeks, I’ll be hopping blog to blog giving you an inside look at the novel . . . and also giving away a prize! Read on for details! Thanks to That’s What I’m Talking About and to all of you for tuning in! I read in your blog that you have quite a few new projects in progress (or in the planning stages). Is there a particular one that you’re especially excited about? I’m excited about all of them, but especially Dead Ringer, the moody new adult romance with a classic movie aesthetic all about a modern young man who shares an uncanny resemblance with his famous silver-screen star grandfather who died young . . . and the men who hire him as a rentboy hoping to live out their fantasies about his grandfather. It’s gonna be dark and twisty and emotional and I can’t wait to get started on it. In writing your more explicit/darker stories, what do you hope your readers will take away from the experience?  Whatever it is they’re looking to get out of it, to be honest! If they’re looking to be scared or thrilled or turned on or angry or brought to tears. I just want to bring them to that emotional edge. Among your characters are there any that you hold an especial fondness for? Oh yes! I’ll always have a soft spot for Sean from The Druid Stone and Cruce de Caminos, since he was basically my first character in this whole business, and he’s so sweet and authentic and good you can’t help but love him. I also love Bobby from the Rear Entrance Video series. He grows so much over the course of the three books that I fell in love. I’d say he’s the real star of the series. Is there one particular story (or series), of all the ones you’ve written, that you enjoyed more (or found more rewarding, cathartic, or entertaining) than the others?  I had a fabulous time writing King of Dublin with Lisa Henry. It’s an exercise in pure id, AND...
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Mar
25

Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

Review: Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux Ball & Chain Author: Abigail Roux Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: As was certainly the case in the previous novel in the Cut & Run series, Ball & Chain is a very busy story. In addition to the murder mystery that serves as the backdrop for the other events that transpire, Ty and Zane have to deal with the after-effects of Team Sidewinder’s most recent and final deployment, the changes they’ve been going through as individuals, in addition to some very dark and unforgiving truths that Ty still needs to come to terms with. Nick and Kelly also play a significant role in Ball & Chain, offering a hint of what their own series might be like, as well as an alternate perception of Ty’s past actions, which I feel is an important factor in trying to understand Ty and Zane’s relationship and where it’s headed. Beginning with Team Sidewinder’s return home, Ball & Chain reintroduces us to Zane & Ty as they navigate the changes they’ve undergone in both the previous story as well as their months apart during Ty’s deployment. Even though things continue to evolve in their lives after Ty comes back, their commitment to one another has deepened substantially. Zane is better and healthier than ever, and Ty’s devotion to what they have together is sweeter than just about anything I’ve seen from them so far. They are more open and honest with each other in everything, including their mutual desire, and watching them reclaim one another over the course of the novel has become one of my favorite things about the series yet. Additionally, Ms. Roux has written what is undoubtedly one of the best, and most determined, proposals I’ve ever read, and has thereby given her readers one of the warmest endings of the series. While we’re not told exactly what happened to Team Sidewinder during their last deployment, whatever it was has left both Ty and Nick more scarred and haunted than before. As much alike as they’ve seemed to be up to now, Ball & Chain serves to underscore their many differences, as well, leading to a progression of confrontations that ultimately exposes the truth about their friendship, and threatens to destroy it. Ty has spent much of his life going from assignment to assignment, acting on someone else’s orders; ferociously keeping the past locked away in order to focus on the present. As a result, he hasn’t...
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Mar
19

Review: Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow

Review: Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow Snowcroft Lost Author: Christi Snow Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Jamie Vaughn, the only known gay man in the quiet mountain village of Snowcroft, New Mexico, has secretly been in love with his best friend for years. But, all that time spent watching the utterly straight, extremely promiscuous man wasting his time on one pretty, yet vacuous, woman after another has taken its toll, and Jamie needs out. His heart just can’t take it anymore, and leaving town for good seems like his only option. But, when Trevor is injured, Jamie’s plans change in ways he never expected, and the future he’s always dreamed of may finally be within his reach. Trevor Mayne has always been the life of the party: funny, seductive, and completely unwilling to settle down. Sure, things have become tense with his best friend lately, but overall, he’s fairly content. At least, until an accident leaves him hurt and stripped of all his memories. Now, he can’t remember who he is, and he doesn’t like the man everyone else is telling him he’s supposed to be. The only thing that makes sense is Jamie. But, will he be able to hold onto his new life as his old memories resurface? Or, will they lose everything as all his secrets are finally revealed? While second chances are central to many romances, Snowcroft Lost takes that premise in a unique direction. And although I’ve seen amnesia used as a device in suspense novels before, I don’t recall it being done quite like this. Trevor’s loss of memory serves a dual purpose here; the more obvious one being that those memories hold the key to solving the case he’s been working on. But, what proved most interesting to me was that Trevor’s amnesia finally allows him to live as he was always meant to. Rather than losing himself to it, he is able to discover himself through it, and finally begins to right all the years he’s spent lost because of the cruelty he experienced in his past. Though he’s often terrified, Trevor handles the situation well, and his enthusiastic exploration of the possibilities he now finds himself facing are some of my favorite parts of the story as a whole. Jamie is a solid presence throughout Snowcroft Lost, proving himself over and over to be the perfect anchor for Trevor as he struggles through the events of the story. Physically bigger than Trevor, Jamie...
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Mar
3

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Every Inch of the Way

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Every Inch of the Way Hi! We’re Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley, and we’re here to let you know that our kinky series The Professor’s Rule is coming to an end. The last two novelettes–Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch–are out now from Riptide Publishing, and to celebrate, we’re touring the web with a contest and a free bonus short. You’ll have to follow the whole tour to read the short in its entirety, but since every comment you make along the tour gets you an entry in our contest, there’s plenty of reasons to tag along. If you haven’t yet heard of The Professor’s Rule, here’s a quick crash course (see what we did there?) School is back in session. When undergrad student James Sheridan set out to seduce his way into a better grade, he had no idea what he was signing on for. Professor Evander Carson wasn’t about to trade a good grade for sexual favors, but he was definitely willing to tutor his wayward pupil in far more than history. By the end of their tumultuous relationship, James not only excelled academically, his sexual horizons had expanded to include pleasures—and agonies—the likes of which he’d never dreamed. But enough was more than enough, and James fled from his Professor, unsure of where his limits lay or if he had the wherewithal to set boundaries. Two years later, a chance misdial puts James back in contact with his former instructor and brings all his old cravings back in force, leaving him yearning to kneel once again at his Professor’s feet. But James has a new life now, with new sexual and romantic prospects—most notably the charming menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. Still, the pull to return to Professor Carson is a powerful thing. Can James give in to it without giving up his newfound confidence and budding romance? The complete collection is on sale now for 40% off, and if you’d like to try before you buy, Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) is free wherever ebooks are sold! Today on the tour: part one of our free dirty bonus short, Every Inch an Exhibitionist. For links to the other parts of the story, make sure to check Riptide’s tour page. And be sure to stick around after the story for contest info! Present Day — James and Satish It’s still early days. Satish keeps trying to remind himself of this, but it’s hard to...
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Feb
21

Review: Sex, Wolves & Rock ‘N Roll by Mina Carter

Review: Sex, Wolves & Rock ‘N Roll by Mina Carter Sex, Wolves & Rock ‘N Roll Author: Mina Carter  Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Trent Savage, drummer for the Lyric Hounds, the most famous werewolf band in the world, has a big problem. He’s found his mate, the one wolf for him, but can’t have him. “Sav” is out and proud, but his mate isn’t interested in anything but sampling as many different women as he can. The other wolf also just happens to be his band’s guitarist, and watching “K” choose all those nameless groupies over him is tearing Sav apart. Sav isn’t the only one with troubles, though. Primed by the Hounds’ management to be the wild, straight party boy of the group, Karlan Rixx has played his part well for a long time. Except that he’d rather be with the only wolf in the band whose rhythms help him connect with his music like no one else’s ever could. He’s also got another big secret, one that’s made him feel separated from the other wolves for years—a secret that could keep him from ever finding his true mate. Sav and K seem like typical rock stars with all the fame, parties, and groupies that go with it. Except that they’re wolves. And that Sav is gay. Star-crossed lovers with a twist, they are brought together by a single, terrible event, the repercussions of which could very well be the thing that tears them apart forever. Initially told from Sav’s perspective, I found it easy to feel sorry for him in the face of K’s perceived cruelty. By turns, once I got to know K better, I was disappointed for them both. The real problem, of course, is that each has been too stubborn and afraid all the time they’ve known one another to tell the truth. And that made me want to kick them both just a little. Thankfully, this is a 1Night Stand story as well, and anyone familiar with the series knows that nothing is impossible with Madame Eve and the 1Night Stand dating service. Her ability to help those who are lonely and hurting find their hearts’ desire is nothing short of magical, and her gifts were extremely welcome in this case. Telling any more here would give away the story, since wanting K and Sav to find their way back to one another made Sex, Wolves & Rock ‘N Roll a pleasure to read. The 1Night Stand series is...
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