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Emerald Keep by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder emeraldcover

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

This is the second book in the series and it is probably best to read the first one. Full disclosure, I did not read the first book and was still fine reading the second. Based on context clues it is easy to figure out how the keeper, hunter and seekers relate.

The characters in this book are all likeable except for Teeka. For me, Teeka is annoying and childish. His lack of maturity and overall whiny personality is annoying. For the story to keep hammering home from all of Teeka’s mentors and elders that Teeka is selfish, juvenile and inconsiderate, it became old fast. Quill is of more interest and I wish there is more about him. Quill’s childhood is infinitely more interesting than pampered Teeka’s child.

The world building is quite good. I loved how the authors blend a technological world with the Bedouin culture. This fascinated me as did the animals. My favorite in this book are the truffles. Great description and antics of these adorable animals makes me want a pair too. All of these help drive the plot of why Teeka and Quill are targeted by a mysterious force. From a plot device, the resolution to the conflict is just odd for me. It feels as if they changed direction in the middle of the book and decided third book is necessary. I could care less about Teeka and his problems. I want to learn more about Quill and the man hunting him.

Hopefully another book will follow and feature Quill’s powers and this new group of people. People who scare Quill and make him want to kill them all. Quill is a character who has more depth. He’s a man to be admired. Learning more about Quill’s powers and how he can be potentially more is something I look forward to in the next book.

The sex in this book is just okay. Teeka and Quill like to play around the bath. It can be erotic, but since I didn’t like Teeka, none of the sex scenes did anything for me. Most of them were bland and too vanilla for me. From a romance perspective it is sweet manlove.

This book is recommended to those who enjoy a world that seems to live simpler and blends technology in the background.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Lock and Key by T. Strange lock

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Luckily, Gavin is not all airhead when he meets and talks to Terry.  Terry is a more experienced male in more ways than just BDSM.  He’s happy to show Gavin the ropes, so to speak.  What turns out to be some fun flirtation turns into a more serious and committed relationship.  The two characters become more endearing as the story progresses.  Gavin is a rambunctious puppy and he brings out the fun in Terry.  Terry more mature outlook needs the spontaneity of Gavin’s infectious nature.  It’s a sweet mix.

This story is the second in the series.  It is recommended to read them in order.  As a standalone, it is just fine.  The BDSM in this story is light to medium depending on a reader’s experience.  The pace of the story is smooth and easy.  There are no jarring scenes or odd dialogue to pull a reader out of the story. This story is in first person from Gavin’s perspective.  There are times as it almost feels as if Gavin is speaking to the reader.  Not a particularly appealing point of view, but for Gavin it works.

This is sexy written piece enjoyable from beginning to end.  The descriptions are clear and sexy is erotic.  If the stories could be longer, it would be better.  As it is, each of T. Strange books whet the appetite and just as the reader is hooked, the tale ends.  Recommended for kinky m/m readers who love their leather Daddies riding motorcycles.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Lesbian Lovers by Berengaria Brown lesbian

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Story rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Sapphic sex is always alluring and sensual for this kinky reader. Ms. Brown elicits hidden f/f desires with her three short stories in this collection. The writing is smooth, silky and smoldering.

In Stubborn Attraction, the primal chase is on as Jaelle lets her randy side out. When she meets another mystical female, the two of them enjoy au natural to its fullest. This paranormal erotica kicks the book off to a great start.

Switching to a historical piece, Lady Caroline’s Reward, is naughty yet proper. Initiating a virgin into womanly delights is sweetly done. The conflict with a potential forced marriage at a time where women are property is nicely done.

Finally, Fist Me is a punching end when an angry woman, Taryn, decides men are pigs. Maybe switching to bat for the other side would be better for her. Who better to show her then good friend, Maeve?

In each of these stories, Ms. Brown does a good job of creating a neat package. With a good beginning, middle and end, each story is satisfying. It also gives a taste of Ms. Brown’s versatility from paranormal to historical and then contemporary.  For me, the contemporary is the most enticing because it does include fisting. There are not many stories which including fisting and this one does a lovely job. It’s erotic and exciting. Honestly, the sex in all three stories are effortlessly erotic. The feminine touch to these stories make them more romantic than erotic. Do not mistake the feminine side for bland sex scenes. The sex scenes are still hawt and fap worthy.  This collection is recommended for f/f erotica lovers.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Happy Endings by BA Tortuga happyendings

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This collection of short stories is a quick read. Each story pulls you in to another world and characters.  I enjoyed these stories but did not fall in love with the characters.

The first story Cooking Up Trouble is my favorite. I found Charlie and Grant pulling me in to their story. Grant is adorable and watching the relationship begin between these two made for a good read.

Getting Out More was a cute read. I loved that the two young boys wanted to see their father happy and decided to do something to make that happen. Darren and Rowdy find that their friendship can be so much more.

Tanned is an interesting story about a young man coming back to work on his grandfather’s farm. Danny is a good man and prevails against the prejudices of others.  It was nice to see him stand up for himself and find help in the last place he would ever look.

Hell Bent For Leather gives us Dominic and Garrett’s story. The two are a good match. Dominic finds more than just a drink at the local bar. Garrett realizes that sometimes it pays in more ways than one to work at a bar. Garrett takes a chance and enjoys his night.

Beginnings and friendships is what lays in wait for readers to enjoy in this collection. Each story is a sweet read about taking a chance and seeing just where it might lead. While the couples in this collection may not be favorites of mine I did enjoy the writer’s style and will be sure to look for more from them in the future.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Boo by B A Tortunga boo185

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

This book contains seven stories about things that go bump in the night and it seems that even those things that haunt the night long for company and maybe even love. Each one of these stories brings readers an intriguing story about finding ones other half.

Levels of Hunger is a story of two beings who love each other and we are given a glimpse at their private time. Blood and sex go together quite well in this story.

Free Blow Jobs has a young man finding more than he bargained for at a Halloween party.  Just how far is Scott willing to take things?

In Interest Paid Paul finds more than he bargained for in an out of the way pawn shop. What will Paul give up for his heart?

His to Save  has Jasper fighting for his soul and with the help of Tanner he hopes to keep it. Two cowboys ready to fight the world for each other but will that be enough?

Finders Keepers is a wonderful story of finding and keeping love and comes with a twist that I did not see coming. Rene finds his love when he lasts expects it yet others are hunting him and he must decide where his heart belongs.

Come Back Home brings two men together with life altering events. Life will never be the same for either of them. It takes a life threatening event for Cyn to show Luke how much he cares but is it too late now?

Fuck Forgiveness brings readers into the world of werewolves. Two mates torn apart until fate steps in and brings them back together but will they be able to forget and forgive the past?  When Danny comes back to see Declan one last time he doesn’t know what to expect and certainly not Declan ready to fight for him.

I enjoyed each of these stories. Each one was an intense read that pulled me in to a new world. I do not have a favorite but I can say that the last three stories grabbed my attention more than the others.  The author does a good job of fleshing the characters out and building their worlds. Trust and love shines through brightly in all of the stories in this collection and many made me want to revisit their worlds to see more from these characters.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Bump in the Night by Aaron Michaels bump

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

The ghost in Haunted returns every year to spend Halloween night in the bed of the man he loves, only this year his lover looks older—frailer—and the ghost must face the possibility that their time together might be drawing to an end. The shapeshifter who plays with the minds of men, giving them instensely erotic dreams, finds himself confronted in Dream Lover with a situation none of his kind has ever experienced: he’s fallen in love with the man he visits, only the shapeshifter’s repeated presence in the man’s mind threatens his sanity. In Billy and the Ghosts, a young man’s midnight visit to the grave of a murdered madame transports him to a Comstock bordello where he meets a sexy, if ghostly, male prostitute. And for the centuries old vampire of Bound by Blood, a simple purchase of blood from a living, willing, and handsome man leads to the kind of bond the vampire has avoided his entire life—a bond of love and dependence.

Review:

This collection of four previously published short stories features an entire panoply of things that go “bump in the night”, from ghosts to vampires to shape-shifting creatures. The stories are varied, but there is something of a common theme of finding love in unexpected places.

The characters in each of these stories are remarkably well developed given the short format. You will easily finish one or two of these in a single reading session. The writing flows well and moves the plot along at a good pace, giving you just enough to information to spur your imagination without getting bogged down in unnecessary detail.

There’s nothing particularly kinky about any of these stories, unless you consider making it with a ghost or a shapeshifter kinky. In fact, the shapeshifter story, “Dream Lover” is the only one with even the slightest mention, in passing, of anything remotely un-vanilla.

For a quick, entertaining, Halloween read, “Bump in the Night” is pleasant enough. None of the stories is particularly memorable, but as light erotic thrillers they fit the bill.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Torquere Press Celebrates 11 Years in Gay Romance logo

AUSTIN — Torquere Press is celebrating their 11-year anniversary this month with giveaways, special releases, contests, and more.

Torquere Press, a royalty paying, full-service publisher of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual romance, began in 2003. The original eBook publisher for the GLBT community, Torquere has published several best-selling authors such as Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, Chris Owen, BA Tortuga, and Kiernan Kelly.

Eleven years ago, two authors started Torquere Press because no one else in the publishing industry was producing gay romance. Today, Torquere publishes every genre of romance, from paranormal to western to sci-fi, as long as the main characters are GLBT. They have also expanded with Prizm, the first YA GLBT publisher and a subsidiary of Torquere Press, which began in 2008 and targets a young- and new-adult audience.

To celebrate their anniversary, Torquere Press will be releasing special edition $0.99 bundles, available for a limited time only. The first three collections will feature titles from Sean Michael, BA Tortuga, and Julia Talbot. These bundles will be available September 15.
September will also include multiple chances for readers to win prizes. Every Tuesday is #TorquereTrivia day, which gives readers the opportunity to win a $5 gift certificate by answering trivia questions on Twitter (@torquere) about the press, its authors, and its books. Torquere’s Twitter will also host several authors throughout the month, who will be posting from @torquere with eBook giveaways, free excerpts, writing tips, and more.

Torquere will celebrate by releasing new books from longstanding authors, including Sean Michael and Julia Talbot. Also, everything at torquerebooks.com will be on sale for 25% off with coupon code TORQUERE2014 during the week of September 15-21.

tistheseasonTis the Season by Rob Rosen

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ASIN B00H3QU68K

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

In this short little holiday niblet we meet Jeff, a holiday traveler who is about to be stuck in an airport sans power. Along comes his newly sexy ex-boyfriend David. Knight in shining armor, David whisks Jeff away into his jet and the two have some very sexy moments in the mile high club.

I am not usually one to read m/m romances. This story was nicely done with a short but sweet holiday quality that warms the heart and the sheets. It was cliché with the two running into each other in the airport, but stranger things do happen. The sex scenes in the plane were a tad campy with elements of fun and holiday cheer.

If you enjoy a short read and are a fan of m/m erotica then this one should be right up your alley. Sleigh bells are ringing and there is satisfaction for all and to all a good night.

Reviewed by Erzabet

bootsandleatherBoots and Leather by T. Strange

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ASIN B00D7N3LO4

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

A quick and pretty much to the point story. When you have your mind set on something that you want, you won’t be happy until you get it. Gavin is into the bike type of Dom, not so much the actual bike (smiles). But he has been going to events for a while, hoping to find what he needs. When he spots Terry, Gavin almost swallows his tongue as Terry makes his way to him. 

Terry had me raising an eyebrow at him, best describing him as a male dabbling in BDSM, softly taking charge of the sub. I like the story but in reading it I thought if Gavin would turn the tables so to speak, Terry would turn willingly. I had to wonder how their story would have filled out if the story was longer. The scenes were good and mentioning the safe-word and after care in any BDSM themed story is a good thing. This is the second book in Ms. Strange’s arsenal that I’ve had the pleasure to read, I’d recommend this one to anyone, and would love to read more by Ms. Strange. Enjoy!

Reviewed by Daria

seekingSeeking Hearts by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder

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Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Seeking Hearts by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder is a very short story about two men finding sexual pleasure with each other. The brief story gives a little bit of mystery to capture the attention of the reader for a short period of time. There is not a whole lot that can be revealed without telling the ending of the book

This review is short and to the point since the book is so very short. The brief encounters between the main characters have brief steamy moments but that is about it. The story is not well developed and in all honesty gets a one out of five paddles. Once again sorry for the short review but only so much can be said when the book is only twenty-eight pages long.

Reviewed by unrequited spirit