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Burning Boudaries – Elemental Evidence Book Two – by @SadieBermingham and @BelloraQ #BOOKREVIEW #MMROMANCE #PARANORMAL #BDSM

Burning Boundaries – Elemental Evidence Book Two,
by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham

Rating: 5.0 stars

BLURB

Their passion isn’t the only thing creating flames.

Mari Gale’s life has been a whirlwind since meeting Jake Chivis. A new job prospect and his mother’s health preoccupy him, so when Jake invites him on a date he’s ready to cut loose. Their night out turns into a nightmare when a fire breaks out in the basement of the bar and they barely escape.

Soon Jake learns that the horrific accident is being investigated as a possible homicide, and it’s not the only case. Detective Inspector Cordiline of the London Met hints at spontaneous human combustion, but as far as Jake knows, SHC doesn’t exist.

When Mari looks into a group called Birthright, he finds a connection to the victims of the fires and Jake risks himself to go undercover at the shadowy organization. The race is on to determine the truth before Jake becomes the next target.

BURNING BOUNDARIES

I had been patiently awaiting this sequel to Breathing Betrayal and was so excited when it came out, my only regret is that because life happens it’s taken me a minute to write this long deserved review. This is an excellent series that I hope continues as I feel these characters have still a ways to go in their story.

THE CHARACTERS

Jake Chivis:

A smile twitched his lips again as he thought of Jake Chivis, part-Irish, part-Native American and a fellow Elemental. Jake had been a detective with the Detroit PD in a former life, before SEWN— the Six Elements Worldwide Network research program— had brought him to London, throwing him together with Mari as if that was their destiny.

Chivis was a trained inquisitor, even without his Elemental talents. His element was Fire and his gift was enabled through physical contact with material objects.

Ilmarinen (Mari) Gale:

While Jake couldn’t really remember a time when Mari wasn’t smartly dressed, he’d certainly put some extra effort in tonight. His nearly white blond locks were artfully messy and he wore a silvery, near-translucent tank top under a fitted, tan leather jacket and teal jeans that Jake already wanted to peel him out of.

THE STORY

The story picks up after Breathing Betrayal and we find Jake and Mari further along in their relationship, spending more time together and starting to finally enjoy each other, dating and going out and having fun when they are thrust into a series of incidents that start drawing them in.

As Mari and Jake become more entangled with investigating an obscure organization for MI5 as Jake is ‘drafted’ in to help, this dark organization for Elementals called Birthright turns out to have very sinister plans indeed. Not only do Jake and Mari discover the darker side of Elementals, they also discover new things about each other and their relationship.

Mari’s fascination with SM and his desire to be spanked is brought out by a Dom they meet in a bar during BDSM night. Colm Fleming not only has a keen interest in Mari, he also brings out the Dom in Jake and Jake’s willing, if hesitant, desire to satisfy Mari.

THE WRITING

The writing of these two authors is nothing if not absolutely superb. The story flows smoothly, at a good pace, allowing the characters to develop and grow naturally. The developing relationship between the two MC’s is like the every day progression we all experience in real life. Not progressing at blinding speeds, but at a more measured pace. There is the hesitancy and questioning and insecurities we all feel that are allowed to come out between Jake and Mari and we feel their angst and love grow.

I cannot wait for Elementals Book Three!

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.

Burning Boundaries
ISBN # 978-1-78651-559-9
© Copyright Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham 2017
Cover Art by Posh Gosh © Copyright June 2017
Edited by Rebecca Scott
Pride Publishing

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Between Us, by F.E. Feeley Jr.

Between Us
Between Us

Rating: 4 stars

BLURB

When Jeremy, a tall, hunky, ladies man begins to explore his bisexual attractions, he realizes he loves his best friend and college roommate Roger.
Roger secretly loves Jeremy back but is holding on to a secret of his own. A terrible one.
On Halloween night both men are invited to a party where the truth of each other will be revealed in a horrific way. Will they survive a night of terror? Or will it rip them apart forever?

Between Us

One of my partners in crime, Lisa Arbitrary, recommended this novella to me and man do I owe her one back.

What a wonderfully fun, delicious piece of Halloween candy this morsel turned out to be. A great, sweet Halloween treat.

THE CHARACTERS

Roger:

“Jeremy watched as his five-foot-eight, one-hundred-and-ninety-pound best friend got up off the couch and put the Xbox controller back on the stand, and he felt a twinge in his heart.”

Hot, hunky Roger has been best friends with Jeremy since they were kids. Inseparable then and now, they’ve stayed best friends on into college. Except there’s one secret his never told Jeremy. No, not that he’s gay – Jeremy’s known that all along, it’s the fact that Roger’s a medium, a fact here discovered early on that his mother helped him deal with.

Jeremy:

“Unlike Roger, Jeremy was tall. At least six-three and had about fifty pounds on him. Roger was muscular, but Jeremy was no slouch either. They were night and day. Where Roger’s hair was light brown and short, Jeremy’s was pitch black and long. Where Roger was darker skinned and tan, Jeremy was pale. Where Jeremy was boisterous and the life of the party, Roger was more reserved and quiet.”

Jeremy has been Roger’s best friend through thick and thin and he was the first person that Roger told he was gay. No secrets between them, except one: Jeremy’s never told Roger he’s bisexual and that he’s fallen in love with his best friend.

THE STORY

What a fun, deliciously sweet story with just the right amount of angst. Gotta love some angst in my books, it’s like a fine spice.

Roger and Jeremy have been best friends their whole lives, sharing everything with each other. Well, almost everything. Roger’s never told Jeremy he’s a medium as he was taught to suppress this part of himself, and Jeremy’s never told Roger that he’s bisexual, much less that he’s fallen in love with his hunky best friend.

Now in college the two of them are roommates and come Halloween Jeremy’s ready to party. Halloween has always been a nightmare for Roger as the spirits are at their peak during Halloween, making for not such a fun time. To top it all off this is the time Jeremy picks to tell Roger that he’s bisexual and interested in dating Roger.

For 48 pages, this short novella delivers a great read just in time for Halloween!

THE WRITING

This is really good writing. In order to deliver the way this story did in 48 pages, you know it’s good writing. Every character is adequately and effectively developed for the story. The backstory of Roger and his mom is well done and the douchey frat boys are just right, not overdone, which could easily have happened, and the story ends just right.

I think I’ve found a new writer to follow!

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THE AUTHOR

F.E. Feeley Jr was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and lived there for twenty years before joining the military. He is a veteran of the US Armed Services; having done a tour in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in 2002-2003, he turned college student, pursuing a degree in political science. He now lives in Southeast Texas where he is married to the love of his life, John, and where they raise their 1½ year old German shepherd, Kaiser.

As a young man, reading took center stage in his life, especially those novels about ghosts, witches, goblins, and all the other things that went bump in the night. His favorite authors include such writers as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice, whose work allowed him to travel to far off places and meet fascinating and scary characters. As a gay man, he wishes to be able to write good fictional literature for those who love the genre and to write characters that readers can relate to. All in all, he is a cigarette smokin’, whiskey drinkin’, rock and roll lovin’, tattoo wearin’ dreamer of a man with a wonderful husband who puts up with his crap and lets him write his stories.

Website: F.E. Feeley Jr
Facebook: Frederick Eugene Feeley Jr.

Published October 14, 2016 via Amazon
ASIN: B01MA43TOL

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Nate and The New Yorker, by Kevin Klehr

Nate and The New Yorker
Nate and The New Yorker

Rating: 4.5 stars

BLURB

Cameron has it all. He’s rich, lives in Manhattan, and even has a cross-dressing butler. But then he meets Nate, an Australian who’s bitter about love. Cameron is determined to turn this realist into a dreamer by sharing his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows and fabulous parties. And while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn that in order to open his heart, he has to face a painful secret.

Nate and The New Yorker

Did a book ever call out to you because of the blurb and then you pick it up and it turns out way different in a strikingly good way? Well, this is what happened to me with Nate and The New Yorker. Talk about an awesome experience!

I read the blurb and I thought: cute, it’ll make some nice, easy summer reading. Well, let me tell you! At first I felt it was kind of slow and then quickly the story kicks into high gear and I literally couldn’t put it down. The twists and turns, the rich characters, the rich food, and the surprise about the surprising ex! Yeah, you really need to read this one. I’ve found a new author to follow.

THE CHARACTERS

Nathan:

Handsome Nathan, who still pines for his ex that he misses dearly, is the down to earth realist and self-sufficient man that captures Cameron’s fancy while on a vacation in Europe with his friends, Lucy and Ben. Nathan has never been able to let go and move beyond Elliot, his ex, who he still sees and talks to. Or does he? As he becomes more and more enamored of Cameron we find the real story within the story.

Cameron:

The culprit stood at the entrance of the restaurant. Shortly cropped dark hair. Rosy lips that curved as if a sculptor had created them by smoothing their surface with the tip of his finger. His stylishly knitted red sweater hung loosely, making his upper body a mystery. And thick black-rimmed glasses that had me picturing him on my couch, reading quietly before I’d slowly pull them off his face, exposing my own superhero.

THE STORY

The story of Cameron and Nathan captivated me. Cameron is the rich scion of a well to do family, never having to work a day in his life, with a sumptuous apartment in Manhattan when he decides to run away for a while and escape to Prague where he meets the handsome Aussie, Nathan, on vacation with his friends Lucy, his boss, and Ben, his co-worker.

As Cameron and Nathan get closer and closer Nathan’s ex, Elliot, pops back into his life. Or does he? Here’s where the story took on the turn I didn’t expect and floored me. The rich backdrop of the secondary characters of Lucy and Ben, and Cameron’s aunt Bev and his butler’s alter ego of Rowena the transvestite, make for a book I fell in love with. I couldn’t put it down. Yes, it was summer reading all right – but was it ever excellent reading! I really recommend this one.

THE WRITING

The writing is what really got to me. This starts out nice and slow, like a good orchestral piece and you’re thinking “nice” and then the other instruments start to chime in, each one at its exact moment in queue, until I was surrounded by a full crescendo of such rich characters, each one developed exactly right for the story, not overdone or lacking in any sense. Crazy Rowena and wild Bev, dedicated Lucy and Ben, and estranged Graham and Tony.

If you’ll notice I haven’t delved into Elliot much, and there’s a reason for that. I’ll leave Elliot for you to explore and to come to your own conclusions. Share them with me, if you will.

This book made me laugh, made me think, and it made me cry with its bittersweet tang, but most of all it really rocks!

Take a bow, Mr. Klehr.

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Kevin Klehr and Wilde City Press with providing OJ He Say! with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

THE AUTHOR

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Afterlife tales.

Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.

Nate and the New Yorker © 2016 Kevin Klehr
Published in the US and Australia by Wilde City Press 2016
ISBN: 978-1-925313-72-7
Cover Art © 2016 Wilde City Press

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Let Your Heart Decide, by Lily G Blunt

Let Your Heart Decide
Let Your Heart Decide

Rating: 4.5 stars

WARNING: Please note this is a taboo romance featuring two brothers.

BLURB

New house, new job. A new start with his brother…. Two out of three isn’t bad, right? Rhys returns to his hometown and must face the brother he’s been avoiding for two years. In his heart, Rhys still hopes to recapture the bond they once shared.

Jake willingly offers him the hand of friendship, but Rhys is reluctant to confront their past, fearing it will only rip them apart again.

When Rhys sees ghostly figures in the grounds of a local historic house, it leads him to investigate their shocking past— and to face his heart’s true desire.

Please note this is a taboo romance featuring two brothers.

Let Your Heart Decide

Wow. OK. Let’s see where I begin. When I first heard about this book from one of my fave authors my ears perked up. I mean, taboo! Moth, meet flame. I’ve read a few taboo books and it all depends on how the whole subject is approached and what I found here really rocked, big time. Not only is this done in a really sensitive, honest manner but the whole paranormal angle is just brilliant. Yeah, I really couldn’t put this one down. I’m going to repeat this one more time:

Please note this is a taboo romance featuring two brothers.

THE CHARACTERS

Jake:

Still six feet of lean, manly man, his navy T-shirt clinging to his broad chest. Maybe he’d filled out, bulked up more. He walked to the front door, a hand sweeping over the top of his dark blond hair, his jean-clad legs taking large, confident strides towards me.

Rhys:

He didn’t respond at first but smiled absently, his gaze skimming down my damp chest to my towel-covered groin. Our eyes met again when he finished ogling me. His whole face exuded want, his pupils enlarged with need and lust. That was so wrong. Why did it feel so right? Jet interrupted the moment, nuzzling my balls and sniffing my blossoming erection. “Down, boy.” Jake grinned at me, then looked at the dog. “And you, Jet!” He chuckled as I turned and returned upstairs to dress.

THE STORY

Yeah, the story… This is a wonderfully written, sensitive story of two brothers, two years apart, that grow up together, experiencing all the wonderful experiences of two young boys, two young men, and form a bond that is beyond anything else. Their shared emotions, parental difficulties, coming of age hormonal urges, all shared in a spirit of love and caring and bonding beyond anything either of them could possibly hope for, however, there was one line they never crossed… until their mother’s death. Once that line was crossed things changed radically. It’s how Rhys and Jake deal with this, each in his own way, that lays the groundwork for Rhys’ return to their hometown after breaking up with his cad boyfriend, Myles. Add to this the paranormal element of Thomas and Samuel and their beyond the grave connection to Jake and Rhys and you have the ingredients for one riveting story. I was drawn in by Thomas and Samuel’s tragic story and yearned for the ending they deserved. Yes, definitely taboo, definitely hot, and definitely couldn’t put it down.

THE WRITING

The writing is amazing. The prologue grabbed ahold of me in a myriad of ways, all of them good. I’ll let your imagination go there. The rest of the story flows at a wonderful pace, the secondary characters, Phillip and Clare, and the two men from the past, Thomas and Samuel, so well written and developed that this book was such a pleasure to read. The beta reading and editing is top notch, no hiccups or WTF’s. All in all, this was a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it. A great love story, albeit not for everyone.

I must admit that with this book I am at quandary. There is a wonderful poem that weaves its way through this book, a really beautiful poem that drove me to tears. I’ve debated whether to quote it in this review and have opted not to. Please do yourself a favor, read this book, experience the poem throughout, and come home to it at the Appendix. I have some Kleenex right here.

THE DISCLAIMER

I purchased my copy of Let Your Hear Decide for my own enjoyment and reviewing.

THE AUTHOR

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing! Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/ m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing. Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney. Lily loves to hear from readers.
You can find her contact information, social media and other links at http://lilygblunt.wordpress.com

Let Your Heart Decide First Edition May 2016
Copyright © Lily G. Blunt 2016
Cover Art by Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Designs © 2016
Editor: Sue Adams
Published May 10th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1533117357 (ISBN13: 9781533117359)

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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 Empty Hourglass – Deal With A Devil, by Cornelia Grey

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Rating: 4.0 stars

BLURB

Thomas Escott has always wanted to be a toymaker, yet just as he achieves his dream, an accident claims his right hand. He’s certain his life is over – until he hears about groundbreaking prosthetics being made by a reclusive inventor.

Jethro Hastings is perfectly content to live alone up in the mountains working on a secret masterpiece: a humanoid automaton that will change the scientific community forever. He’s behind schedule, and the date of the unveiling is fast approaching, so when Thomas shows up on his doorstep offering help in exchange for a mechanical hand, Jethro agrees. Time, after all, is running out on another deal he’s made: one with the devil.

The devil gives Jethro’s inventions life, but he can just as quickly take life away – Jethro’s, to be exact. As the sand in the devil’s hourglass falls, marking the time until the end of the deal, inventions go haywire, people get hurt, and Thomas realizes he needs Jethro just as much as his prosthetic. Now he must find a way to save Jethro’s soul, but negotiating with a devil is just as difficult as it sounds.

THE EMPTY HOURGLASS

When I first read the blurb for The Empty Hourglass I just knew I had to read this and review it.
The whole deal with the devil thing is highly fascinating to me and pulled me in, the steampunk genre and the automaton certainly didn’t hurt and I thought I deserved a nice change of pace. Boy, did this book deliver it! A thoroughly pleasant read all told.

THE CHARACTERS

Thomas Escott:

He was painfully aware of his too-light, too-modern clothes that moderately smelled like smoke, despite his best attempts to get the stench out of them, and of the blond hair that he kept long, as was popular in the capital at the moment. But mostly, he could fell their gazes almost piercing the right side of his head, where the hair had been scorched off in the fire and was now replaced by tender, gnarled skin, thin scars running from his mangled ear to his cheek and spreading down his neck before disappearing under his collar.
At least they couldn’t see his arm…

Jethro Hastings:

He was young, probably just a few years older than Thomas. For all his ragged appearance, with those untidy clothes and messy black hair, he was a handsome man, tall and slender with olive skin and green eyes shimmering behind his glasses. If that was Hastings… well, he was a far cry from the old man Thomas had been expecting.

THE STORY

What a great story, pure steampunk fantastical storytelling at its best.

Thomas, the handsome young man from the capital, searching for salvation from his unfortunate, unexpected and unexplainable calamity and a fortuitous, anonymous tip off as to where he may find his salvation.

The scientist, wanting to atone and help others, pining for his lost first love, creating a living testament to him and a legacy that wouldn’t be duplicated – true immortality, whilst fulfilling his pact with the devil.

A love story of a little girl and a devil who sees a way out of an intractable difficulty – if only he can nudge things his way, and then the culminating, cataclysmic grand finale. Sort of.

THE WRITING

Funny how you can tell when a good writer comes together with good editor and wonderful beta/proof reading. This makes the world of difference in a smooth, enjoyable read such as this one. Ms. Grey does a phenomenal job of intertwining the fantastic steampunk experience with a smooth developing story, bringing in vibrant ancillary characters that add a vibrancy and depth to the story that I wish some others had. Yes, storytelling at its finest, and this book delivers it.
I was mesmerized by the story: Thomas, Jethro, the devil, the other inventor, Dragana, and Mina. Mina, what a great character that ties it all in together. Yes, the writing is truly magical.
I won’t give you any spoilers, just suffice it to say that you need to set some quality time for a great read. You’ll need time for it because you won’t want to put this one down.

THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Cornelia Grey and Anglerfish Press, an imprint of Riptide Publishing, for supplying me with a copy of The Empty Hourglass in exchange for my honest review.

THE AUTHOR

Cornelia Grey is a creative writing PhD student, with a penchant for steampunk and classic rock. Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where she collected her share of poetry and narrative prizes, Cornelia has since lived and worked in London, Japan, Spain, and Germany. She also works as a freelance translator.

She likes cars, knitting, performing in theater, going to museums, collecting mugs, and hanging out with her grandma. When writing, she favors curious, surreal stories, steampunk, and mixed-genre fiction. Her heroes are always underdogs, and she loves them for it.

The Empty Hourglass, Copyright 2016 by Cornelia Grey
Cover Art: Jay Aheer
Editor: Danielle Polesz
Layout: L.C. Chase
ISBN: 978-62649-393-3