~Review~ Off the Ice by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Off the Ice  (Hat Trick, #1)Off the Ice by Avon Gale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To borrow a hockey term – this story scored a hat trick.
1) Tristan – looks like the typical dumb blonde jock but is anything but
2) Sebastian – looks like a typical, stiff, weak Professor but is really anything but.
3) their relationship – typical one in the closet the other out and proud – doomed to fail.
Or is it?
This story was familiar yet refreshingly new. At turns sweet, funny, hot as heck and beautiful. And I loved every second of it. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy.

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Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.

Though he recently made headlines for his public coming out, Ace is wary about pursuing a relationship, fearing what the court of public opinion will do to his career. But there’s something in the model’s expression that intrigues him and has him wondering what if?

Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy.

Outwardly confident, Dylan has no problem with his sexuality or his pretty-boy looks, and uses both to his advantage to get what he wants. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.

From Ella Frank’s Sunset Cove series and Brooke Blaine’s L.A. Liaisons series comes a scorchingly hot novel that blends humor, passion, and romance.

What happens when these two worlds collide?

*Although Aced is a spin-off of Ella and Brooke’s series, prior reading of those novels is not required.*

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~Review~ Liberty by Seth King (coming soon)

5 Stars  (I’d give it 50 if that were an option)
You can do this, I know you can. I believe in you. When the ugliness and hatred in this world combine in tragically horrific ways, it’s so easy to look away and pretend it never happened. But we owe it to them to not look away. As hard as that is, everyone of us owe them that much. Because when it was happening to them, when they were in the middle of that horror, they didn’t have that choice. They couldn’t look away because it was all around them, swallowing them whole.  And it still is, for some.  For some, hiding who they truly are, being terrified to show the world what’s in their hearts, who they are, who they love – that is still an everyday thing.  Until it isn’t, until everyone is free to live and love, we can’t look away
‘By now I’ve learned to be two different people, and live inside two different worlds. In my bedroom, in my own little bubble, I can watch drag race……Out of that bubble, I am a different August….I know it’s cowardly, but I don’t know what else to do.  There’s a big gay world out there, full of colors and acceptance and love. I just don’t know how to reach it.’
‘I open my mouth and sort of explore a little.  Painters create masterpieces about moments like this, songwriters craft classics about kisses less than this one.  He kisses me in a way that makes me miss tomorrow: if I can’t be with him every day, I don’t want tomorrow to come at all.  So I try to hold onto him without looking like I’m holding anything at all.’
I guarantee that being witness to this will be one of the toughest, bravest things you’ve ever done. But I promise you that your heart will be fuller, your head will know more, your eyes will see more and your soul will be forever brighter. Because you didn’t look away. You stayed. Your fingers will shake as you turn the pages, your heart will pound, your throat  will try to close and your tears will definitely fall but please stay. Stay because you owe them that much. Stay because they deserve it. Stay because you truly care. Stay and you will witness a love so blindingly beautiful that you will feel it in you, around you, over you, under you….you will feel it everywhere…and it will stay with you forever. And how beautiful is that? I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy.

Book Title: Bernie

Author: A E Ryecart

Publisher: A E Ryecart

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Length: 60,600 words

#4 in the Barista Boys series, but it can be read as a standalone

Blurb

“You fix the lives of others. The waifs and strays, the lost and broken, you fix them all, Bernie. But the life that needs fixing most of all is your own.”

Bernie Porter is a haunted man. He holds tight to the guilt that he was responsible for the death of the only one he’s ever loved, a man he vowed to protect and keep safe.

Every frightened and damaged kid who washes up at Barista Boys door, Bernie rescues each and every one – all because of the man he failed to save so many years before.

Emotionally and physically scarred, Jared Hastings survived a night of violence and madness that almost left him dead. As he emerges from the nightmare that threatened to destroy him, Jared’s determined to plunge head-first into a future that’s free from the horrors of his past.

A night-time street robbery, and Bernie and Jared are thrown into each other’s worlds. But as fast as Jared comes into Bernie’s life, he’s gone, leaving Bernie with the gnawing conviction he’s let something precious slip through his fingers.

Their paths cross again in a way neither could have foreseen. From their first tentative steps, the slow burn of their relationship gathers pace. But as dark histories are revealed, and souls and hearts bared, each man finally comes to understand they can fix not just themselves, but each other.

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Excerpt

A faint aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa floated on the air, underscored by a subtle spice. Bernie breathed in deep, the scent an intoxicating mix of expensive cologne and the warmth of Jared’s skin. Bernie licked his lips as unaccustomed nerves overtook him. In the sunny garden, the timing was different, the situation was different. He opened his mouth, ready to ask if he could see Jared again. He’d seen, he was sure he’d seen, a glimmer of interest in those big blue eyes. There was only one way to find out. Before he could speak Jared asked a question which stopped him dead.

“You know,” Jared said as tilted his head towards the wicker chairs for them to sit down, “I never for one moment expected to run into my Good Samaritan again, and especially not here. Lindy said you’re an old friend of Mikey’s. How long have you known him?”

Bernie sipped his drink, buying himself time. This wasn’t a conversation he wanted, but it was inevitable the question would come up. How he’d met Michalis was tangled and screwed up, and a nightmare that haunted him still. The innocent question had a far from innocent answer. He needed to pick his words carefully as he had no idea how much, if anything, Jared knew about his brother-in-law’s business activities.

“I’ve known Mikey for years. We met when he had business interests in nightclubs.” The answer was bland, but it was true, every single word of it.

Jared had been about to take a swig of beer, but he paused and tapped the rim of the neck against his lower lip. Bernie watched him, seeing the questions swimming in his eyes.

“Do you still work with him?”

Bernie stared into eyes that didn’t flinch or waiver. He’d never said he’d worked with or for Michalis. He’d deliberately omitted that part, but Jared was smart and had seen through his carefully constructed answer. What Jared thought of that, Bernie had no way of knowing. But this was a question he could answer in all honesty, and with no ambiguity.

“No, I don’t. I worked with him in the early days, and not for long. We parted company and took very different paths in life but we’ve remained good friends and I hope we always will.”

“Good.”

Neither spoke, nor moved, as they looked deep into each other’s eyes. Bernie exhaled a long breath, and Jared’s lips curled up into a big smile that held more than a hint of relief. Whatever Jared meant by his one word answer, Bernie wasn’t going to delve, not when Jared was smiling at him and making his heart beat faster.

About the Author

A E Ryecart writes mm romance/gay fiction. Filled with angst, high drama and emotional tension, she writes the books she likes to read. An avid people watcher, most of her writing takes place in a local café amidst the background hum of hissing coffee machines, where she can check out the other customers for character and story inspiration!

A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action.

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Why can’t authors review your books?

I can no longer remain silent on this subject. The very real fear that some authors have of other authors reading/reviewing their books on a blog.
I mean, god forbid one of your peers actually, you know, likes your work…or not.
I just don’t understand the stigma, the fear.
Let’s look at the ‘rest of the world’ for a moment.
Actors routinely view movies made by other actors and then they ***gasp*** vote on their work in the plethora of awards shows that are scheduled all year round. I mean, the horror of another actor liking/viewing/critiquing their work….how utterly horrible…..(insert sarcasm).
The scientific world is the same way – PhDs, doctors, scientists all over the world constantly look at/review/critique fellow scientists work. It’s, you know, how advances are made in care, it’s how cures are found. Without fellow scientists offering idea/suggestions, cures for many diseases might never have been found.
Teachers meet, discuss techniques, offer help and suggestions – and what happens? Usually they become better teachers…..go figure.
Bouncing ideas off each other, offering suggestions….it’s how we learn and grow, especially as authors.
Hell, Stephen King even offers to read your work and offer his opinions/critiques/suggestions. Stephen-freaking-King. How amazing would that be? I would welcome that. Even if he came back with a ‘your writing sucks’ comment, I would welcome it. Why? Because it’s Stephen King. Would I take it to heart? Absolutely not. I don’t write for Stephen King. I don’t write for other authors. I write for me. I write because I have to.
So, if I’m releasing a new book and you’re an author who’d like to read/review it, hit me up. I welcome your analysis, your suggestions, your ideas, your criticism. I welcome it from readers too, because they give a different perspective that balances everything out.
Will anything you say change what I do? Maybe, maybe not.
Will it ever stop me from writing?
Not a freaking chance.

Book Title: Rescued From Paradise

Author: H J Perry

Publisher: LoveLight Press

Cover Artist: Resplendent Media

Genre/s: M/M Gay Contemporary Romance

Length: 58,000 words

Release Date: October 22

Blurb

Two hot men. One deserted tropical island.

Carefree Adam Bennet comes from a long line of earthy people— gardeners, herbalists, hippies, and farmers. His grandmother taught him and his brothers to live off the land, to heal themselves, and above all, to trust their intuition about a person or situation.
Mr. Don’t-Touch-Me Wade O’Rourke wouldn’t dream of something so pedestrian as living off the land. His family is monied, and formal. Taking his place in his uncle’s company is the thing to do— never mind that he hates his life, and he has reasons to hate his uncle, too.

When Wade and Adam meet on an airplane they don’t quite hit it off. But they’re the only two survivors of a crash landing on an island paradise, they have to join forces to survive.

Will Adam take a chance on love with the seemingly straight man? Underneath Wade’s business suit, which he once wore like armor against intimacy, is a hard body and a tender heart.

When love blossoms, can it survive the rescue and return to their American small town?

This full-length, standalone novel contains:
Tropical fruit too juicy to just eat.
A man damaged by his homophobic upbringing.
Steamy man on man love action and a happy ending.

Excerpt

The first thing Adam noticed upon waking was Wade wrapped around him again. He wouldn’t argue with an ideal and efficient way to keep warm, considering they hadn’t had a fire all of yesterday. It was comfortable and comforting.

The second thing he noted was that it had stopped raining.

A fact for which he was so very grateful. It rained so much the night before, they were both soaked, even though he’d managed to rearrange their roof leaves so that the rain didn’t leak through as much.

Adam didn’t move, staying huddled against Wade. Both arms pulled in as the other man covered him protectively. Wade’s breathing was deep and soft. As he watched Wade sleep, he took that time to really study Wade’s face. How the lines of concern that seemed so permanently etched on his face when he was awake vanished while he slept.

At first, Adam estimated Wade’s age at around thirty. Watching him sleep, Adam realized he could possibly be younger than that. It was hard to put an age on him. Judging from when Wade said he graduated, he was most likely only a few years older than Adam.

What worries weighed Wade down while he was awake?

It intrigued Adam, and he wanted to know.

Adam found a way to dislodge Wade’s arm without waking him and crawled out of their lean-to. After a full day hunched up and under shelter, he needed to stretch.

And what was yesterday’s almost-kiss about? It was obvious that Wade had wanted to. Adam wasn’t sure what stopped him. He remembered their conversation, of course. He didn’t spell it out, but Wade’s family sounded like a bunch of old-fashioned, homophobic bigots. Perhaps that was part of the problem.

Ugh. No. Absolutely not. The last thing Adam needed were tangled, messy feelings for a straight man. And Wade had made it absolutely clear he was straight. Adam wasn’t excited about going there.

He had to believe it was for the best. Keep as much distance emotionally as he could so things between them didn’t get complicated.

A small voice in Adam told him it might be too late, already.

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About the Author

HJ Perry is a 49 years old mother of three school aged children. They live by the English seaside and from her hometown she can see France. Helen loves reading. If it were possible, she’d do nothing else. She reads science fiction, fantasy, young adult, all types of LGBT fiction, and, of course, gay romance. Aside from reading she likes walking and watching films, most often science fiction or thrillers.

HJP has written many books about men falling in love in England where, for the most part, LGBT people are treated with the same respect as anyone else. Having worked in the construction industry for years in real life, she has written many fictional characters working in similar macho, male dominated environments.

Despite reading American books and watching American shows, writing American characters has been a huge challenge for her. With a lot of help, Rescued from Paradise is her first novel featuring Americans and set in the US.

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