Book Review: Seeing Red: Scorched by T.C. Orton

SEEING RED BLURB: Down the twists and turns of the London alleyways, where Chinatown meets the highstreets, lies a small venue where unknown rock bands often play to crowds of less than one-hundred. Isaac is nineteen, living on the sofa of his best friend’s brother – Eric – after his bible-loving parents tossed him aside because of his sexuality. After two years of struggling to make sense of his life,...

Book Review: Rockin’ the Alternative by Morticia Knight

BLURB: The chance of a lifetime and the touch of a rock god are offered to music journalist Bryan Gallagher on the same day. Embracing one is easy, but resisting the other is harder than he’d anticipated—especially since Bryan has never been with a man. It could be his dream assignment. Aubrey King, the legendary god of alternative rock music has requested to meet with journalist and writer Bryan about...

Book Review: Unspoken by R.A. Padmos

SYNOPSIS: When Stefan meets Adri, it is love at first sight. It does, however, take some time before he recognizes his own feelings. He’s a married man—a family man—with a strong sense of responsibility. In Dutch society of 1935, sex between men over the age of twenty-one might be legal, but acceptance is still a long way off. As a working-class man without a steady job, he doesn’t have the...

Book Review: Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone by Rachel White

SYNOPSIS: Enne Datchery and Muriel vas Veldina, ex-lovers and witches with a shared apprentice, are tasked by the Citadel, to repair an old grimoire together, despite the fact their relationship is tense at best. The situation is further complicated when the book is stolen, and tracking down the thief stirs even more of Muriel’s past. It swiftly becomes clear to the two that dealing with their fractured relationship is going...

Book Review: Tantalus by Albert Nothlit

Blurb: In the aftermath of a nasty fight after being jumped by four youths, faced with a mother desperate to get rid of the son she’s ashamed of, Kyle is forced to leave home to take up an apprenticeship he doesn’t want and can’t wait to be finished with. On another planet. Upon arrival, though, a nasty surprise awaits. The position he was hired for no longer exists and he’s...

Book Review: Good Together by Valentina Heart

Blurb: A legacy of bullying and insecurity has left its mark on Troy, affecting all his interactions in the present. Adam is an ex-hockey player turned tattoo artist who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. But no matter how hard he tried, time and again he sends the easily scared Troy running. Though both are nearly convinced it could never work between them, they agree...

Book Review: Death Comes Darkly by David S. Pederson

Blurb: Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder? Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes. Down-to-earth, noble, and naïve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience. Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an...

Book Review: Men in Love: M/M Romance

SYNOPSIS: Spring approaches with the promise of new beginnings, fresh adventures, and the thrill of romance rekindled or discovered. Hot, sexy guys abound-meeting on the ball fields or the boardroom, at the theater or the classroom-falling in love and lust for the first time or celebrating a lifetime. Come join the rites of spring and indulge yourself in the passion and pleasures of our luscious men in love. Stories from...

Book Review: Solace by Sierra Riley

SYNOPSIS: “I feel safe with you.” “It’s not safe for anyone to be around me.” Shane Carter couldn’t wait to see his daughter after returning home from Afghanistan. Even though the scars he collected overseas ran deep, her light always brought him through the darkness. But when his ex-wife denies him the chance, those scars bleed into every part of his life and Shane is forced to admit he needs...

Book Review: Second Skin by Alex Whitehall

SYNOPSIS: When Jay heads to the university’s learning center for help with his math class, he doesn’t expect his tutor to be tall, dark, and handsome. But Roswell is all that and more, and their instant connection over cult movies, books, and TV shows quickly evolves into dating. That’s when things get tricky. Roswell might claim he doesn’t have issues with Jay being trans, but when he’s constantly insisting they...

Book Review: Mocha Kisses and Coffee by Rawiya

SYNOPSIS: Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences; it can make for a very satisfying experience. But deceit can turn those experiences sour. In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more. Time To Make The Donuts Christopher Wettlon has inherited his grandfather’s Donuts to...

Book Review: Freeing Pain: Annex by Lor Rose

SYNOPSIS: Jude Kash’s life was filled with abused animals and too little sleep. His work at the We Are One Foundation brought him his new devil-dog Teddy Bear and his new obsession: an abused liger named Sampson. Sampson suffered from poor living conditions and threats with a gun. Jude, or Kash to his friends, witnessed it first hand when he snuck onto Whitman’s, Sampson’s owner’s, property. When Kash and others...

Book Review: Girls With Guns by Michelle Grubb, Carsen Taite, Ali Vali

SYNOPSIS: Girls with Guns is three stories by three talented crime writers—Carsen Taite, Ali Vali, and Michelle Grubb—each packing her own special brand of heat. In Hammersmith by Michelle Grubb: Officer Belinda Riley knew the signs of a suicide bomber, but this time she was blind to the obvious. This time she didn’t want to believe what was right in front of her eyes. In Bow and Arrow by Carsen...

Book Review: Risk Aware by Amelia C. Gormley

SYNOPSIS: Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill? Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can...

Book Review: The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green by Nicky Kyle

Blurb: The village of Styesville has a dragon problem, and is in sore need of a knight in shining armor to solve it for them. Instead, they get a strange traveler in a ragged cloak they barely even notice at first. Worse still, it soon becomes clear the problem setting fire to their village isn’t as simple as a dragon… Title: The Faerie Godmother's Apprentice Wore Green Author: Nicky Kyle...

Book Review: Living Right by Laila Ibrahim

Blurb: Penn Henderson is proud of the church-centered life she’s created for her family. She prays each morning, attends worship every Sunday, and confidently takes up the struggle to defend traditional marriage when she learns marriage licenses are be-ing issued to gays and lesbians in nearby San Francisco. But the certainty that she is living right falters after her teenage son, Josh, swallows a bottle of sleeping pills. Her fear...