Saturday, September 24, 2016

Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur

Title: Steady Stroke
Series : Off Beat, 2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: MM. Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mic night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore.

Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.

Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real?

Steady Stroke is the second book in the Off Beat series by A.M. Arthur. This one is a very emotionally charged read. I liked the characters in this book. Very easy to fall in love with them and feel apart of their lives.
Lincoln is very neat organized. He has grown up poor. He has medical issues. He really misses a man he considers to be his brother. He also has something horrific happen to him by a date. He has to wear sunglasses or he gets horrible headaches. And a car crash a year ago has changed his life forever.

Emmett tries to fight his homosexual urges. But he really likes and admires Lincoln. Shy and quiet, he likes to melt into the woodwork. He lost his family in a fire. And now he hides who he is from the outside world. He loves to sing.
They develop a very fragile trust, but something from the past is waiting and lurking. When it surfaces can their love survive it?
I liked the everyday feel of this one. This book also touches on issues that are very much in the now. I adore Ms. Arthur's works and this one is no exception. When you want a very emotional read that will keep you turning the pages I highly recommend this book. 

               Four Twinkling Stars

Mark Of the Incubus by E.S. Hutch

Title: Mark of the Incubus: Robert and Caleb
Series: Incubus,1
Author: E.S. Hutch
Publisher:Self published 
Genre: MM. Paranormal
Pages: 232
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Robert Layton is dead.

But at the same time, he isn’t. He eats and breathes, walks and talks, but to the rest of the world he might as well not even exist. He’s forgotten as soon as he’s out of sight.

A former cop, Robert’s arrogant ways led to him being possessed and then destroyed by an ancient evil, a demon that preys on man’s deepest desires. Now that same demon has led him to its latest victim, the first person capable of remembering Robert since his death.

Caleb Miller has made some monumentally stupid decisions, all before the age of twenty-three. He dropped out of college, is stuck in an affair with a married man, and struggles to make ends meet as a folk singer at the same coffee shop he slings drinks at all day.

When a handsome stranger shows up and claims Caleb’s been possessed by a strange sex demon, he’s obviously skeptical. But Robert turns out to be the man of his dreams, and Caleb can’t believe his luck. Too bad Robert has vowed never to touch him.

Forced to live together while battling their intense attraction for each other, they must find a way to stop the demon before it’s too late to save Caleb’s life and his memory of Robert.


Mark of the Incubus book one Robert and Caleb by author E.S. Hutch was a book I found hard to get into. There is a story here, but I felt it was muddled. There is a lot going on. No real love story for me. I am a true romantic so when there is no real love story you kind of loose me right there. Seems to be like the bones of a good story that got lost somewhere along the line. The connective thread that holds a book together is lost here. I wish it were not because the ideas in this book are very good. There is a some glimmers of real genius here just somewhere along the line they fell apart.
Robert is an ex cop. He is sort of dead. He brings monsters to justice now.
Caleb is 23 and dropped out of college. He has an affair with a married man and becomes something more than human. Now he is the kind of man that Robert hunts. Can the hunter and the hunted find a middle ground.
I really did not feel what I should have for this story. The actual love that would have pushed this book over the edge to greatness is not there. This book for me is best skipped. 

                       Three Red Stars

Connection Error by Annabeth Albert

Title: Connection Error
Series: Gaymers, 3
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: MM. Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
It's typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he's (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can't handle another distraction. But he also can't ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man's a fan of his game.

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He's got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn't mean he's above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it's even begun?

Connection Error by Annabeth Albert is the third book in the Gaymers series. This story is Josiah's. He is a bouncy puppy of a guy. Always full of energy and has ADHD. I liked how real his struggles with that are. I could really sympathize with him and his struggles.
Ryan is an ex navy seal. He has a sever injury but Josiah only sees the hot driven man Ryan is.
I love how geeky and charming Ryan is. It is hard not to love him from the start of this book. He is just one of those characters that makes you smile. I cannot imagine him ever hurting anyone on purpose.
Ryan is strong, but he also needs Josiah to be strong for him too. Seeing these two come together will prove opposites do attract. Each has something the other needs in this book. They are very strong together.
I felt this book in comparison to the others in this series was not as strong of a love story but the sweet lovable factor is here and that is what I want from this series. I cannot wait for more Gaymers and who falls in love next. 

                    Five Shooting Stars

Say It Right By A.M. Arthur

Title: Say It Right
Series: All Saints,2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: MM. Contemporary
Pages: 352
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
After his parents kicked him out for being gay, Marc Villegas lived on the streets before getting a second chance. Now he's giving back by working at a shelter for LGBT teenagers—because helping fight their demons keeps his own at bay. Including his infatuation with the former best friend he's sure is straight.

Anthony Romano hasn't seen Marc since Marc left home eight years ago. In his confidant's absence, Anthony turned to heroin. Now at rock bottom, he has an offer from Marc to help him get clean. Detox is hard and ugly, but not as hard as admitting the truth: he's in love with Marc. Always has been.

Marc swore he'd never date an addict, but he never dreamed the one in question would be the man he's always wanted to be with. As the two explore their feelings for each other, Marc faces a difficult choice. Say yes, and it could cost him his sobriety; say no, and it could cost him his heart.

Say It Right is the second book in the All Saints series by A.M. Arthur. I was not lost reading this book at all. As a matter of fact I loved this book. Was very easy to follow and made me want much more.
Marc is an ex addict who got a second chance at life. He works with a GLBT shelter now helping those who were once lost and lone just like he was. He is a great mentor and all around great person.
Anthony was a great kid. He once had a bright future. Now he is a junky who is determined to kill himself with drugs. When he sister steps in and gets Marc involved he really doesn't know what to do. He has always wanted Marc but Anthony is not in a good place for a relationship right now.
Marc has always wanted Anthony too. But he knows Anthony has to get clean for himself not for Marc. I liked the pure grittiness of this story. Flows very real and made me really route for the characters. Also deals with a theme that is very much In the now. These characters have to accept themselves flaws and all. And learn to lean on each other to be strong for each other. It is beautiful to watch unfold in this book. I would love more from this series after reading this book. Great story with memorable characters that pull at the heart strings. 

                    Five Shooting Stars

Xylan by Rider Jacobs

Title: Xylan
Author Rider Jacobs
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Genre: MM. Paranormal
Pages: 93
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Xylan had a life most only dreamed about and a boyfriend who loved him. One night, one club, one moment of misplaced trust, and his whole life changed.

With his latest action movie finding worldwide success, Xylan decided to try something different by becoming a judge for the television show Talented Americans. There he meets Jarrett, a reporter with a surly attitude and a reputation for unethical journalism.
Xylan has a secret. While he may portray the larger than life action star in films, he has a desire to be dominated in the bedroom. With a room filled with equipment to fulfill that desire and his boyfriend Hamilton, who knows how to wield a paddle, Xylan feels he has found a perfect balance in life. Then one night while Hamilton is away, Xylan suffers the ultimate act of betrayal. When his world comes crashing down and his secret is revealed for the world to see, Xylan must decide if his love for Hamilton is enough to see them through

Xylan by Rider Jacobs is a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. Xylan is a singer, and a actor. He is a submissive who doesn't know he really needs to submit. He has had a past that is tragic and now needs to be in a situation where he can trust the person he is with. He tries to give his heart to Hamilton but he always holds back a piece of his heart.
Hamilton is a Dom. He wants Xylan to give his all to him. But he too has been holding back a part of himself from Xylan.
Over all this story touches on a subject that some might find troubling, can't tell you what or would spoil the book, but there is a scene in here that is not for everyone. I liked the roller coaster of emotions and I liked the connection. It was almost perfect for me. Just a little off, perhaps the scene I mentioned was too much for me, I really could not say. Or perhaps it was more Hamilton's reaction to it that bothered me. Either way this book is just an okay read for me. 

                       Four twinkling Stars

Friday, September 23, 2016

A King and A Pawn by Liv Olteano

Title: A King and A Pawn
Series Leader Murders, Case 3
Author Liv Olteano
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM. Paranormal
Pages: 229
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….

When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.

Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.

A King and a Pawn by Liv Olteano is the third book in the Leader Murders: Case, 3. I will say I think you should read these books in order. I felt like I was missing something throughout this book, and I think that is why. I really think the core story is enough to carry the book, but if you had the back knowledge this book would be a really spectacular read.
We have a story sorta already in progress. Bert's sister is a pack trader. He was the clueless beta who never saw that coming. He has offered to be the Fey Court ambassador, he wants to really prove that he is not his sister. He wants to show he has value in this pack and can contribute.
I liked his heart, seems to always be in the right place. I also like the way he puts it all on the line when he is in he is all in. I liked that bravery.
The Fey Court interrogator is Sir William. He can have any Fey he wants. He volunteers to protect Bert. There is a ton of chemistry between Bert and William. But there are many rules in the Fey court. Ones that even William must uphold. In order for William's family to be safe, he might have to trust Bert with his life and the life of his children.
I liked the world building in this book. I feel very much a part of a story that has many layers to it. I loved the chemistry and connection in this book too. So much to this story that I want more, I want to know what happens next. Cannot wait for more from this imaginative and wonderful world. 

                  Five Shooting Stars

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Creed by Erin Trejo

Title: Creed
Series Fallen Angel's MC, 1
Author Erin Trejo
Publisher: Erin Trejo
Genre: MF. Contemporary
Pages: 257
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Creed doesn't have his life mapped out but he knows he has a family in Jason and Jada, his neighbors. They always accepted him for who he was. One fatal mistake takes his best friend Jason away from him. Leaving his sister Jada behind to pick herself up, Creed seeks solace in her. Jada gives in to her feelings for Creed to only have them crushed when he leaves. Creed moves on with his life, which isn't the best life possible. He finds a new family with the Fallen Angel's Motorcycle Club. They become the family he lost. Taking risks, he doesn't care about his life anymore until Jada falls into his clubhouse one fateful night. After he learns her involvement with a rival, Creed wants her safe but he knows he can never be the man she needs. Will he save himself and Jada? Or will they both lose everything forever?


Creed starts of Fallen Angels MC, by author Erin Trejo. I really had a hard time liking this story. For me there was no heat or passion between the characters to make me believe they would want to be together forever. Yes there was a great flow to this story, and potential for a good story here, but honestly I was not feeling this one.
Creed is best friends with Jada's twin. When the twin dies Creed who has always loved Jada tries to honor her twin's wishes and not pursue her. But they end up kissing and Creed fleas town. Leaving Jada alone to deal with her grief.
That did not endear me to him. Kind of not a nice guy move there. Then he goes on to become this tough biker dude. With a longing for Jada.
Jada moves on with her life too. She becomes part of a biker club and is in an abusive relationship. She meets Creed again but can she trust him with her heart.
Jada is kind of weak in this story. She attempts to have an temper and be strong but I don't quite buy it.
Over all this story is okay. I just could not believe most of it which too away from the experience for me. Hopefully though the next book is better maybe this one is a fluke dunno… it is an okay Mc Biker story over all. 

                   Four twinkling stars