Misinformation, by Keelan Ellis

Misinformation
Misinformation

Rating: 4.0 stars

BLURB

Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, even though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, his desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter’s first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.

Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.

The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.

Misinformation

When Ms. Ellis offered me a copy of Misinformation in return for my honest review I was immediately taken in by the beautiful cover, and then I read the blurb and was reeled in. The topical subject of this book is fantastic for the times we live in and I was really interested in how this author would handle this particular subject. Well, let me tell you, it’s well worth your reading. I really recommend this book for a good, contemporary, enjoyable read, so enjoy!

THE CHARACTERS

Ethan Daniels:

He really was hotter in person, but a little unusual-looking for a television news guy. His eyes were slightly wide set and a very warm brown. He had a square jaw and a lean face. He was almost conventionally handsome, but there was an almost wolfish quality to his toothy smile. It was hard to tell how old he was.

Charlie Woods:

At the front of the room stood a tall, lanky, bearded man of about thirty, holding an iPad. He was dressed in slim pants, a V-neck sweater, and ankle boots Ethan could tell from halfway across the room must have cost at least a week of a teacher’s salary. Gay, Ethan thought. Also, before he could stop himself, his mind whispered, cute.

THE STORY

This is a solid, good, contemporary story, and a very enjoyable one. Ethan Daniels, who is a true bisexual, follows his ex-wife to Manhattan so he can stay involved in his daughter’s life. He’s started to notice men again after years of being faithful to his wife, but a year after their divorce, in good terms with each other, he’s needing someone in his life. Too bad he works for an extreme right wing cable network, ECHO, that is extremely homophobic just as he starts to fall for Charlie Woods. One small, little complication: Charlie is his daughter’s new school teacher.
To complicate matters even further, Ethan is in the midst of contract negotiations with the network for his renewal and there are rumors from his college days of a three way with a guy and a girl. Charlie is the surprise character here, afraid of commitment and yet so very attracted to Ethan. Charlie steals the show, in my humble opinion.

THE WRITING

The writing is solidly good with well developed, rich characters. It flows smoothly, enjoyably and the secondary characters are written just right. Charlie’s best friend, Josh, is an excellent secondary character, richly written who develops his own love interest in the story. Ethan’s wife, Deirdre, is an integral part of this story and so well done. I must say that the whole story flowed smoothly, drawing me in and keeping my interest throughout. It doesn’t hurt that the editing is also very well. This is an excellent summer read and highly recommended.

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Keelan Ellis and Dreamspninner Press with providing OJ He Say! with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

THE AUTHOR

KEELAN ELLIS is a true crime enthusiast, a political junkie, and a comedy fan. Despite a compulsion to sometimes wallow in the depths of humanity’s corruption and sadness, she considers herself a romantic at heart. The stories she really connects with are about love that’s been twisted into hatred, and she believes that with honesty and forgiveness, love can overcome. Keelan loves good bourbon and classic country music, great television, and well-prepared food, especially shared with like-minded people. She’s not a fan of parties and large groups of people, but there’s nothing she loves more than a long conversation with friends. Her favorite part of the writing process is the collaborative stage, hashing out plot and characters with smart and talented friends. It’s where she truly comes to understand the people she’s writing about, and often falls in love with them. With the support and encouragement— as well as some serious editing help— Keelan has found the writing niche she’s always searched for. Sometimes she gets blocked, and when that happens, there’s only one thing she knows to do. Just like Inigo Montoya, she goes back to the beginning, writing about the characters who inspired her so much in the past.

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Misinformation © 2016 Keelan Ellis.
Cover Art © 2016 Aaron Anderson. aaronbydesign55@ gmail.com
Published by DREAMSPINNER PRESS
5032 Capital Circle SW, Suite 2, PMB# 279
Tallahassee, FL 32305-7886 USA
www.dreamspinnerpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-63477-339-3
Digital ISBN: 978-1-63477-340-9
Library of Congress Control Number: 2016902329
Published June 2016

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Breathing Betrayal – Elemental Evidence Book One, by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham – A Gay Guy/Straight Girl Review

Breathing Betrayal
Breathing Betrayal

Lisa’s Rating 4.0 stars
OJ’s Rating 4.0 stars
Lisa’s Review: attentionisarbitrary.com

Release date: 6/7/2016
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Murder Mystery 18+

BLURB

Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.

Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.

CO-REVIEW

OJ

When my evil mastermind partner in crime and book hoarding enabler, Lisa Arbitrary, approached me about doing a Gay Guy/Straight Girl co-review for Breathing Betrayal I must admit I was somewhat hesitant about it. My TBR list is kilometers long and I’m trying to get with the deadlines… and then I read the blurb. Drats, foiled again because PNR !!! I am such a sucker for a good PNR story and the blurb read really good, so off I went. Man, am I glad I went! I am now hooked in for the remainder of this series as I want to see where it goes from here and also because good sex! Need I say more?

LISA

I think I’ve found a new series to follow. A character driven murder mystery that captivated me more with relationship development than plot, but it all fit well together.

THE CHARACTERS

OJ

Jake Chivis:

Lester in the print room said he was American, though Mari thought there was a slightly Hispanic look to his rough-cut, thick black hair and darkly handsome features. Maybe Romani, even? He couldn’t be sure. He was well built without looking chunky, except when he was bundled up in several layers of damp running gear, and almost as tall as Mari’s six-foot-two-inch frame, which was a plus. It got embarrassing trying to flirt with men who were forced to look up at him all the time. Not that he had any idea if Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome was even that way inclined.

Ilmarinen (Mari) Gale:

Now during his morning runs, he was distracted by looking around to see if he’d catch sight of a particular slender figure whose long legs ate up the distance like the wind. Jake told himself that he was only looking so that he could avoid him, and thereby avoid having to make polite conversation. It definitely wasn’t because of the way the ridiculously tight Lycra leggings he wore outlined every muscle in his lean thighs or the way his perfect ass looked so tasty in them. No, not at all.

LISA

Both of these guys are surprisingly fresh. They are believable, unique and flawed. The romantic relationship surprised me over and over. It isn’t perfect and that made it special.

“We keep finding the most inappropriate places to make out, you know.”

Dr. Ilmarinen Gale (Mari)

What a name, right? And right from the start I liked him. He’s flamboyant, flirtatious, continental, mouthy, brilliant and secretly reserved. Fabulous contrasts in his character. His gift: Human-cyber Interface
And I just love Mari’s mom!

Sometimes it was a pain in the ass to be both a psychic and a skeptic.

Jake Chivas

Sturdy, solid, steady, stable, SEXY and quite un-confident. American. Not Mari’s typical pick. His gift: Psychometry, clairvoyance.

THE STORY

OJ

Ilmarinen (Mari) Gale and Jake Chivis find themselves at crossroads in their respective lives, both of them wanting to move on from previous, ill fitted, and ill fated, relationships and looking for new starts in their lives. Mari, one of the precious few pure human-cyber Interfaces—men and women able to engage their minds directly with telecommunications networks and the worldwide web and Jake, whose Elemental prowess is the psychic ability to relive past scenes by touching objects – experiencing the scenes through the eyes of the person who had held the object at the time in question, end up working at University College London as part of the Six Elements Worldwide Network (SEWN) universities program under Dr. Anthony Weston, whose brother, Phil, has mysteriously disappeared.

As Mari and Jake get drawn into finding the missing Phil Weston with their paranormal Elemental abilities, they are inexorably drawn together and caught in a web of deceit, mystery and espionage.

I must say, as story plots go, this is one of the better ones I have experience for a good PNR.

LISA

Dr. Ilmarinen Gale and former detective, Jake Chivas, are pressured to collaborate on a work related mystery. The two men have previously “noticed” each other running in the park and after a brief but flirty encounter they are both uncomfortable being put on such a task. But when the big boss makes the request it’s hard to say no. They’re just going to be professional, do the minimum, and get back to their normal routines. Yeah. Right.

As they delve deeper into a mysterious disappearance, they also delve deeper into each other’s pants. The mystery pales in the background for a good portion of the book while we get to explore these men and they explore each other. But it picks up eventually and it winds along with a couple of twists and turns. I can’t say it was this aspect of the book that riveted me, but that’s okay, because the relationship development held my interest. To be clear, the mystery was fine, fully fleshed,just not earth-shattering. The characters though, they rocked my world.

THE WRITING

OJ

The writing caught me totally flat footed. I truly did not expect such good storytelling craftsmanship as I found here. Right away, right from the Prologue into the story, it just flows smoothly making for a pleasant, well edited book. One gets to know the characters and what makes them tick, their desires and fears and hurdles they’ve experienced in the past. The writing is imbued with a good sense of humor and I could feel Mari’s pathos from his previous relationships and the performance hurdle he can’t seem to overcome. The sex scenes are smoking good and the role reversal between the two MC’s is delicious. All of the characters have a sufficient development to not leave us hanging and the exquisitely detailed descriptions of each character is so refreshing! The ending is perfect for a continuing series. I highly recommend this for a good, PNR read.

One suggestion, if I may be so bold, to these two talented authors: perhaps in future books the paranormal abilities can be involved in the MC’s sex scenes? I found myself craving this. It was kind of like a missing, tantalizing piece.

LISA

A straightforward and uncomplicated writing style made this a readable read. It wasn’t heady by any stretch. I particularly like the believable complexity the authors added to the sex scenes. I wasn’t expecting to find something surprising there. Well done.

No doubt about it, I’ll be looking for the next book in the series.

THE THREE QUESTIONS

For Lisa

1) Team Ilmari or Team Jake?
2) Talk to me about the sex scenes – whatcha think? Plusses/minuses?
3) Do you think Mari’s future will be interwoven in upcoming episodes?

For OJ

1) Did Mari’s “different” sexual needs work?
2) Cordiline? More of him? Yes? No? (Really, that’s one question.)
3) Believable PNR or hogwash?

THE AUTHORS

Bellora Quinn

Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
Email: bellora@berminghamquinn.com

Sadie Rose Bermingham

A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography,
live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.
Email: sadie.rose.bermingham@gmail.com

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham and Pride Publishing for providing OJ He Say with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Breathing Betrayal
ISBN # 978-1-78651-422-6
©Copyright Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham 2016
Cover Art by Posh Gosh ©Copyright May 2016
Edited by Rebecca Scott
Published in 2016 by Pride Publishing,
Newland House, The Point, Weaver Road, Lincoln, LN6 3QN
Pride Publishing is a subsidiary of Totally Entwined Group Limited.

The Love of Wicked Men, Season 2, Episode 1, by Brandon Shire

The Love of Wicked Men, Season 2
The Love of Wicked Men, Season 2

Rating: 5 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK – THE BLURB

Sid Rivers and Jack Brandt are back, but they’re still two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm intent on growing his power and prestige; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a need to set his world in order.

When they met the first time, sparks flew. But circumstances pushed them apart. Now, circumstances are forcing them together again. But will it help them to find each other and meet their goals, or will it destroy them and everyone they care about?

Season Two of The Love of Wicked Men is a continuation of their story. It is also an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage.

The Love of Wicked Men, S2E1

It’s been a long minute since The Love of Wicked Men captured me and, darn it, I’ve missed it so! When I saw that Mr. Shire had started to release his fantastic serial again I was literally aching to get the time to read it.

This one’s personal for me. It’s my not-so-secret addiction. Kind of like when you snatch the bag of M&M’s for yourself and jones it completely – no sharing and keep your fingers off my Wicked Men!

THE CHARACTERS

Sid Rivers:

Sid, the ruthless, cold, calculating, hot lawyer that exudes testosterone – expensive, prohibitive testosterone. His raw ambition has gotten him to the top of the food chain he so covets, with a prestigious law firm he now controls he could easily kick back and enjoy the fruits of his labor, but none of it lessened his hunger for a good kill. From his perspective, his job was to be the biggest, baddest rainmaker the firm had.

Jack Brandt:

The sex had made him feel… He didn’t know how to phrase it. Wanted maybe? Vulnerable? No, that spoke of weakness. He brushed the thought away immediately.

Maybe he’d just fallen for good game. He couldn’t deny Jack had it. Jack had a hard, muscled body, a goofy grin in the rare moments he smiled, and he fucked like an animal. The man was a stud.

THE STORY

This is more of the addicting, gritty story of hard edged men, calculating men, that we were treated to in Season 1. The story of what one suspects really goes on in those board rooms at the top of the American food chain without the genteel veneer that we’re fed, like little children and pudding.

Jack has now come back into Sid’s life, like a freight train right into his heart and Sid is finally starting to realize what he may want out of Jack, and it isn’t just the sex. Or is it?

“He made me beg,” Sid muttered. “Beg!” he shouted, perking up for a moment before he fell back into his malleable drunken stupor. “Like I was just some fuck boy.”

Shane, the sexy power bottom, is back and we start to see his story fill in. I won’t lie, Shane is one of my favorite characters with a back story I’m dying to read.

There’s an incredible new character we’re treated to: Keisha Tidbeck was up next. She took command of the room as soon as she stepped in. She was a tall, lean, Grace Jones look alike whose expression exuded confidence and quiet mischief. She’d put people on edge and Sid was immediately impressed.

As with any good serial, we’re left with the cliff hanger of the misdeeds of BioMed and their conniving, greedy board.

THE WRITING

Oh yeah, Mr. Shire is a master at weaving a tale, and what a tale he weaves. Inexorably you get pulled in and before you know it you can’t put the story down. His prose flows easily and makes for delicious reading – all of a sudden I found myself immersed in this gritty story with its raw, powerful, testosterone fueled sex scenes. Sweet!

THE DISCLAIMER

I purchased my copy of The Love of Wicked Men, S2E1.

THE AUTHOR

Award winning writer BRANDON SHIRE is a distinct voice in contemporary LGBT fiction. Mr. Shire was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012 and garnered several Honorable Mentions, as well as a 2015 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fiction. He resides in the South.

You can find Brandon at BrandonShire.com or tweeting at @TheBrandonShire. And, of course, you can reach him at the fan-created group on Goodreads.

The Love of Wicked Men Season Two – Episode One
Brandon Shire
Copyright © 2016 Brandon Shire
The Love of Wicked Men (Season Two): Episode One
isbn13: 9781310981180
format: ebook
Published May 26th 2016 by Smashwords Edition