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“#BookReview – Sexy To Go Romance #MMROMANCE #ANTHOLOGY” @DaleCLowry

Sexy to Go Gay Romance – Anthology

Authors

Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea, Eva Lefoy, Dale Cameron Lowry, Jodi Payne, Shiloh Saddler, Sam Thorne, A.E. Wasp

Rating: 5.0 stars

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Sexy to Go Gay Romance features nine scorching hot MM romances to make your blood sing. Whether finding love at a Jewish singles dance or while crossing the River Styx, these men remind us that love is always worth fighting for, no matter what the cost. Meet a handyman who’s an ace with his tools, a king who kindles the passion of a Greek god, and an architect who erects more than buildings. From the everyday to the fantastical, these stories explore male-male love in all its simmering intensity.

Sexy To Go Romance – The Anthology:

These nine romance stories were a joy to read. Each one had a particular flavor and experience, and really no matter what you’re into, you’ll find it here. Some were better edited than others and all were good. This is why I gave the anthology, as a whole, a 5 star rating. Great, enjoyable, comfort reading when what you crave is a potpourri of short, hot reads. Perfect for a beach day or a lazy weekend evening at home

Sit back and enjoy!

THE STORIES

Matzo Ball by Avery Duran
When Jacob’s outgoing best friend talks him into attending a party for Jewish singles, neither man realizes that it’s not a gay event. Things go from bad to worse when Jacob’s friend doesn’t show up. The night turns around when Jacob befriends Ian, a sexy bartender. After a spectacular kiss good night, they go their separate ways. But Jacob can’t forget the chemistry he shared with Ian, and hungers for more. In a city the size of New York, will these men be able to find their way back to each other?

Styx & Stone by Leigh Ellwood
What’s the afterlife really like? Charon the ferryman knows the River Styx like the back of his hand, and he enjoys giving newly departed Stone the full tour.

First Swallow of Spring by Asta Idonea
The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year, where he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the four rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.

How Hercules Got His Bruise by Eva Lefoy
Hercules might have completed his 12 labors and become immortal, but he’s still not out to himself. Until he meets Sisyphus, a man who turns him on in ways not even a goddess can compete with. When Zeus threatens to destroy their new bond, Hercules must again rise to the challenge, this time to protect his right to love a man.

Loggerhead by Dale Lowry
Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles – and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.

Handyman by Jodi Payne
Danny is haunted by memories of his ex, Peter, who moved out six months ago. He recognizes just how bad off he is when he wakes up to a flood in his condo, a problem Peter would have adeptly handled. Danny can’t find the insurance paperwork, he doesn’t know who he should call first, and he’s about ready to strangle his stoner neighbors. His day starts looking up, though, when the workmen arrive to deal with the water, replace his breaker box and demolish the soaked ceiling. Ken, a handyman, shows up to handle the drywall, but can Danny handle Ken?

Clipped Wings by Shiloh Saddler
When a male swan shifter is captured by a cruel master he develops feelings for another male slave. The master has plans for the shifter that go against every fiber of his being. Will the two men bow down to their station in life or take flight to keep their love alive?

Rebuilding the Future by Sam Thorne
Allen’s peace has been seriously disturbed. As the shy architect takes on the task of extending the home he inherited from his late aunt, his life becomes a battle. The building work is going fine, but he can barely contain his one-way lust for sexy foreman Declan, who’s a one-man generator of testosterone and mixed messages. As the build completion approaches, Allen’s ready to do just about anything to keep Declan around a little longer…

Man in the Mirror by A.E. Wasp
A companion story to the Paper Hearts novel, Man in the Mirror is the first short in a new erotic series set in the world of the Veterans Affairs books. 

Benny hasn’t let Mikey see him naked in a week, will barely let Mikey touch him. Mikey’s going to get to the bottom of the issue if it takes all night.

EXCERPT

    From Loggerhead by Dale Cameron Lowry

“I got up and pulled on the sweats Jake had gotten out for me the night before. The sweatshirt was dusky blue, faded from years of washings. He’d told me it was from his days running high school track in Florida. On the front was a line-drawing of a massive turtle and the words “Langford Loggerheads” printed in green beneath it.
Jake stirred, grumbling something under his breath as he turned onto his back and opened his eyes. When he saw me, he smiled. “You’re here,” he said with a degree of awe usually reserved for fireworks and the Grand Canyon.
“Of course I am.”
“I like seeing you in my clothes,” he said.
“I like being in them.” I couldn’t hold eye contact with him anymore. I wasn’t used to being looked at like one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. I pointed to the turtle on the front of his shirt. “Ever seen one in the wild?”
“I was a turtle guide for a few years before moving up here. You?”
I shook my head. “I’ve never been far south enough. I’ve always been curious, though. Ever since I read about them in Ranger Rick.”
“You read Ranger Rick when you were a kid, too? I knew you were perfect.”
I blushed. “Shut up.”
“I’m serious.” He sat up in bed and reached for my hips, pulling me back into the sheets with him. “We should go on a turtle walk sometime. I’ll take you back home for nesting season.”
“Take me home with you?” I teased. “Aren’t you moving a little fast?”
“No,” he said with the solid confidence only a 35-year-old in love can have. “Not at all.”

THE AUTHORS

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Avery Duran
Leigh Ellwood
Asta Idonea/ Nick J. Marcus
Eva Lefoy
Dale Cameron Lowry
Jodi Payne
Shiloh Saddler
Sam Thorne
A.E. Wasp

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Mr. Dale Cameron Lowry for providing OJ He Say! with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Published by: Sexy To Go
Madison, Wisconsin USA

Copyright © 2017 by Eva Lefoy, Shiloh Saddler, Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea, Dale Lowry, Jodi Payne, Sam Thorne, A. E. Wasp

Cover Artist: Ella Dominguez

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#BookReview – Man & Monster by Michael Jensen @michaelgjensen #MMROMANCE #MMHISTORICAL

Man & Monster

Rating: 5.0 stars

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A monster stalks the ancient forests…

It’s 1799, and Cole Seavey is a trapper running from a guilty past, seeking refuge on the vast American frontier. Lost in a raging storm, he finds himself face to face with a terrifying, otherworldly creature that seems to have emerged from a nightmare.

Cole is saved from certain death by a handsome Delaware Indian named Pakim. Together they learn that the monster is the fearsome Wendigo from native legends: a creature with a heart of ice, drawn to the evil of men.

Soon the Wendigo is terrorizing the frontier — settler and Indian alike — and Cole and Pakim join to defeat the mysterious monster. In the process, Cole finds himself falling for the strapping brave and the promise of a new life together.

Unfortunately, the legends say that the Wendigo can only be killed by another creature with a heart of ice. But how can Cole hope to defeat the monster if it means denying the love he’s finally allowed himself to feel?

MAN & MONSTER

After reading Man & Beast I knew I’d come across an author that would join my list of go to authors. Now after reading Man & Monster there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Jensen is one of a few, a rare breed of author, with an incredible story telling ability.

His ability to so eloquently tell the story of what gay people went through in those strange, unique years at the beginning of the European colonization of America is just a beauty to experience via his prose. The characters are so well developed, so rich in their complete humanness whether evil or benign, that to be able to feel the experiences of the men and women of different ethnicities with all the underlying prejudices of the time and to be able to bring that to life as he does is something wonderful to experience.

I cannot wait for more of this series as I am now invested in this story.

CHARACTERS

Cole ‘Cold Blooded Cole’ Seavy:

My already thin face was even leaner and when not bound with a leather thong, my black hair hung down to my shoulders. My eyes tended toward a brown so dark as to be black in certain lights — or, I was told, in certain moods. My face was always tanned from being out-a-doors, yet showed a goodly number of freckles scattered over my nose and cheeks. I was rather darkly complected to have so many freckles, but it was a Seavey trait shared by all the men in my family. Handsome was a word I had heard frequently to describe myself, though, frankly, I couldn’t see it.

Pakim:

He slowly rose, facing me. He was perhaps ten years older than me, though I couldn’t be sure. An enormous bearskin hung from his shoulders, but his arms were bare. Several feathers adorned his black hair, which was pulled back into a ponytail. Despite my wandering mind, or perhaps because of it, I thought the Indian had the most appealing face I had ever seen on a man… The brave was taller than I and possessed broad shoulders that his hair would just touch when unbound. His skin was nut-brown — not red as implied by the slur “redskin” — and his face was clear and smooth, untouched by the pox. A small tattoo of a turtle lay upon his right cheek, but most striking were his black eyes that, despite their color, seemed warm and inviting.

STORY

Cole Seavey leaves his home in Virginia under the not totally untrue guise of going to find his no-good brother, Gerard. In truth, he’s running away from the fiancé whom he does not want to marry. Cole has never felt attracted to women in the sense that he sees other men attracted to them, so off to the new frontier of the Ohio River Valley. On his way through the high plains he encounters a fierce storm. It is during this storm that he stumbles upon a seriously injured girl and the creature that is hunting her, a Wendigo. Badly injured after his encounter with the fantastical creature, he literally stumbles into Pakim and collapses. It is Pakim that takes him to John and Palmer’s new home.

It is against this backdrop that we’re treated to a riveting story of blooming love between two men, one of which is just becoming aware of what his feelings really mean, and survival in a new frontier, painted against the backdrop of the prejudice, avarice, and malevolence of the era.

WRITING

This is some of the best writing I have come across, right up with some of the other authors that are my go to authors. The prose flows freely, smoothly, effortlessly, allowing the reader to simply immerse his/herself in the story. It truly becomes a completely immersive experience. I was actually there with Cole and Pakim, John and Palmer and Gwennie and the other so exquisitely developed characters. I really must warn you: this writing is highly addictive!

I don’t do spoilers and yet I must say I was treated to one of most unique and sensually erotic love scenes I’ve ever read. The whole scene at the pima’kan sweat lodge ceremony is one of the most masculinely sensual I’ve ever read. Yeah, I was sweating afterwards.

This the kind of writing that takes one beyond to the next level of reading experience.

 AUTHOR

Michael Jensen
 Michael Jensen is an author and editor. His books of gay historical fiction include two series, The Drowning World, which is set in 5500 B.C., and The Savage Land, which takes place on the American frontier. Man & Monster, the second book in The Savage Land series, was a Lambda Award Finalist (under the title Firelands).

Michael is also the co-founder of AfterElton.com, which covered pop culture for gay and bisexual men, and eventually become one of the largest and most influential LGBT websites on the internet. In 2006, AfterElton.com was sold to MTV/Viacom in a multimillion dollar deal. As editor, Michael interviewed hundreds of writers, directors, and actors, breaking numerous stories and advancing the issue of LGBT visibility in Hollywood.

Michael lives in Seattle, WA with his husband, writer Brent Hartinger.

You can contact Michael via email at michaeljensenwriter@gmail.com, Facebook, Twitter, or you can connect with him through Goodreads.

THE DISCLAIMER

 I would like to thank Michael Jensen and BK Books for providing OJ He Say! reviews with an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Copyright © 2017 Michael Jensen
BK Books
PO Box 30542
Seattle WA 98113
www.michaeljensen.com
Cover design by Damonza.com
ISBN 9781370947263

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Hello, Gorgeous!

Hello, Gorgeous, it’s me!

OJCast

Yeah, I never thought I’d be doing my own blog and yet here I am.

It all started pretty innocently. I bought one of those magical gadgets, a Kindle, and got back into the game of reading – big time! And now there was this whole thing called M/M Romance, who knew. I wish it was around when I was just a tender gayling but, hey, better late than never.

Along the way I’ve met my siblings, you know who you are, from various corners of the world, that have made my life so much richer and fun and rewarding – I love the whole, crazy lot of you! Thanks! BTW, I still don’t know how you deal with all that cold up in Nova Scotia, but I’m fixin’ to go and find out!

A while ago one of my siblings invited me to join her in her blog, Attention Is Arbitrary, http://www.attentionisarbitrary.com/ and I did and wow, I’m really enjoying sharing my joy of all these marvelous, magical, sexy, damn well written books with the rest of the world. Score! And then life, as usual, throws a curve ball and my Lisa had to put her blog on hiatus to take care of, well, life.

As I started going into withdrawals it suddenly hit me! Look, a squirrel! No, seriously, I talked my very patient geek husband into helping me set up this here bloggy thingy – wooHOO!

Hopefully you’ll all enjoy some of the wonderful books I want to share, and event better will be when my good friend can come back and we can get back to our Gay Guy/Straight Girl reviews.

I love you and miss you, Lisa!

((HUGS!))
OJ

PS – I hope you stick around as I get more familiar with this, it’s all still voodoo to me, but then I do love me some adventure!




Ten Days in August, by Kate McMurray

 

Ten Days in August

Rating: 3.75 stars

THE BLURB

New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.

As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…

Ten Days in August

I couldn’t help it. When I read the blurb on this book it called out to me immediately. I’ve always had a fascination for this time period, the late 19th century/turn of the 20th century. So many events were happening: cities had gotten to the point where science needed to step in to make them livable; things like air conditioning and a reliable source of potable water and dependable plumbing, refrigeration for foods, more efficient modes of individual transportation besides horse drawn carriages, things we take for granted these days.

The cities had drawn in huge numbers of people from all walks of life and all places on Earth, so for the first time people realized they weren’t alone, including gay people – thus begins the evolution that would lead to the modern gay rights movement, further propelled by the two World Wars.

THE CHARACTERS

Nicholas Sharp – Stage name Paulina Clodhopper:

…he found Nicholas – Nicky – beautiful. Nicky had stood there on the street with a soulful pout as Hank and Stephens had approached the scene, and there was something about Nicky’s sass and indifference – insouciance, perhaps – Hank found compelling. His blond hair had shone on his hatless head, his clothes were well tailored and fashionable, and Hank got the feeling this was a man who had seen a lot in his short life, though he still had something delicate about him.

Henry “Hank” Brandt – Acting Inspector NYPD:

This man was really quite attractive, in a sweaty, disheveled way, although Nicky supposed there was no way around that in this weather. The man pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and then pulled the dusty bowler hat off his head, revealing dark brown hair, cut short. He wiped his whole face from his damp forehead to his thick mustache before he dropped the hat back on his head. There seemed to be a strong body under the wrinkled clothing, but it was hard to tell. Still, this man intrigued Nicky. His companion in the uniform was blond and bearded and looked considerably more polished, but in a bland way. This disheveled man was far more interesting.

THE STORY

This is a fascinating story of a serial killer on the loose, taking advantage of the rent boys that flourished in The Bowery section of Manhattan at the end of the 19th century.  Set against the backdrop of the summer of 1896, with a 10-day heat wave that killed nearly 1,500 people, many of them tenement-dwellers, across New York City. Enter Theodore Roosevelt, Police Commissioner. It was Roosevelt that spurred the administration of Mayor Strong to open up the parks so people could sleep at night and escape the suffocating, murderous heat, and it was he who initiated the delivery of free ice to the suffering inhabitants. Add in the tumultuous election of 1896 between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan and the elaborate tapestry that binds this story together is all set.

THE WRITING

One can tell right away that this book was well researched. From the manner of speech to the affectations of the characters, from the historical backdrop of the heat wave to the tumultuous election of 1896 that would change American politics for the next 40 years, from the clothing fashions to the lifestyle of a bustling, dirty, smelly megalopolis that New York City was on the verge of becoming, this book seems to have been meticulously researched. What a joy this is when it is coupled with the smooth storytelling that Kate McMurray carries out in this book.

I could absolutely see the time period, smell the fetid, pungent smells of a city in the throes of a massive heat wave. A city that did not yet have the modern efficiencies of air conditioning to escape the heat and refrigeration to maintain the food from spoiling. I could feel and taste the dust of a horse drawn cab and the smells of sweat from our MC’s. This was really good, descriptive prose.

The story was well drawn and the story arc progressed at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow, just about right. Although I could feel the romance and attraction of our two MC’s, and our two SC’s, I do wish there had been more intense, descriptive sex between them as I could feel their desire and angst for each other. Delving a bit more into this aspect of their relationship would have propelled and made the story so much more. As it is, it is good, solid writing, well enjoyed.

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Kate McMurray and Lyrical Press, Kensington Publishing Corp., for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

THE AUTHOR 

Kate McMurray is an award-winning author of gay romance and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with base­ball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN
1616508027 (ISBN13: 9781616508029)