Friday, 18 August 2017

Getting Through (Only You #3) by J.S. Finley - Release Blitz


Title: Getting Through (Only You #3)
Author: J.S. Finley
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Sara York
Release Date: August 17, 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM
Length: 51K





What if it’s too difficult to get through the rough patches? Lane: Being a nurse is Lane’s life, that is until Mike pushes him up against that damn door and kisses him like nobody’s business. Now he’s left wondering how he can live without Mike at his side. But beneath the sweet, calm exterior Mike portrays to the world is something dark and dangerous. Will Lane be able to deal with the monster within, or will it consume both of them? Mike: He can’t unsee the damage that bomb wrought or bring back his friend, but he can find solace in Lane’s arms…or he thinks he can. One night together is too much, and his memories overwhelm him, opening him up to the trauma he witnessed. Memories are hard to conquer because they don’t have to fight back, they just twist their way deep into the mind, making life too hard to tolerate. Can Lane save him, or will he push them both too far when the past threatens to overwhelm them? 

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Chapter One 

Emptiness filled Lane as he watched the blue ocean appear then disappear as condos and other buildings slipped by. Mike made a left, heading away from the slice of heaven they’d all enjoyed for the last few days. Maybe it was just the trip ending, but he thought it was more. He watched Mike, noticing the stubble on his jaw and how it covered his chin and went down his neck. They stopped for a light, and Mike glanced at him, his lips curved up in a smile that made Lane’s stomach twist. Why it made him feel funny, he had no clue. “So what do you really think about Thomas and Clay?” Mike’s question threw him. “What am I supposed to say?” Mike shrugged then went back to looking at the road as the light changed to green. “I don’t know; tell me what you really think.” He stared out the front windshield for a moment, wondering how to answer the question. “Well, I like Clay. I guess I just…” Another light stopped them, and Mike turned to look at him with his brows raised. “Are you jealous?” “What?” Lane couldn’t believe Mike had asked him if he was jealous. “Why would I be jealous?” “Just, you know, you thought you would get with Thomas if he was going to get with anyone?” Lane shook his head. “No. Not at all. I’m not jealous. It’s not like that.” “Talk. We don’t have long before we get to the airport.” The light changed again, and Mike took off. Lane turned to stare out the window, unsure how to voice what he felt. “I don’t like being alone.” “Then get out there and date someone.” He shook his head and turned to stare at Mike. The scene out the window wasn’t as interesting since they’d turned down a street away from the water. He missed the water, but what he missed more was the guys and being with them. “I can’t find anyone.” Mike chuckled. “Tell me about it. I’m surrounded by sexy women while I’m at work, but I can’t connect with them.” Depression made his head ache. Or maybe he was depressed, because in addition to having no clue what to do, his head hurt. What if he never figured life out? He would be one of those old men at the bars looking to pick up young women who had no interest in a rotten old fart. He shivered at the mental image. Mike’s words interrupted his thoughts. “I’ll be in New York next week.” “You should stop by.” The words were out before he even could think what that would mean. He worked nights and slept during the day. Mike was silent for a while, and they were close to the airport before he spoke again. “If I came up on Tuesday, could I stay at your place?” His earlier trepidation was gone. Screw sleeping, he’d have Mike with him. He nodded, excitement filling him. “I’d like that. I have to work on Tuesday night, but I’m off on Wednesday and Thursday nights.” Mike shot him a sweet grin. He pushed the tingly feelings away and rolled his eyes when Mike looked away. “Works for me. I’m working a little on Thursday and most of the afternoon and night on Friday. I’ll stay until Sunday.” “Awesome. It’ll be good seeing you again.” He meant it too. He could sleep after Mike went home. They pulled into the parking lot for the rental return, and his chest squeezed. If he thought he’d been melancholy before, this was way worse. He didn’t want to head home. He’d been alive when he was with the guys. The vacation had been great, but it reminded him of how much he missed his brothers—and they were his brothers. Seeing Mike next week would be good. Heck, he wished they lived closer. He wanted to see everyone more often, but for now, Skype would have to do. They got their bags out of the trunk and headed into the terminal after they handed over the keys to the car. Heat was building, and he was happy to be heading back to cooler temperatures. At least he told himself he was happy to leave. Actually, he wanted them all to stay here and live together. Maybe not together, but dammit, they should be closer to each other. Once inside, they headed upstairs to security. They both passed through without any issues. Mike’s flight was leaving soon, so he had to go. Mike pulled him into a hug and Lane held on, not wanting to let Mike leave. It had been an amazing vacation and he didn’t want it to end. “Hey, I’ll see you on Tuesday. I’ll call when I’m close.” He squeezed Lane again then backed away. “Sure, have a safe trip home.” He hated saying those words. Their home should be together. “You bet.” Mike gave a quick wave and was gone. Lane felt like his heart had been torn out. He missed Thomas and Clay, and Brent and Jake, but he missed Mike most of all. 

Meet the Author


Thank you for reading my stories. I wasn't sure when I sat down to write if I had it in me to finish this. It has been a journey. I love reading. It's my greatest pleasure to sit down with a good book and live inside the pages. My perfect day would be a book, good music, and unlimited cocktails. I'm going to try to keep on writing and reading, playing with my dogs and cats, and living life. 

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Forbidden Lust - An MM Erotica Short Story by Grayson Knight

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Title: Forbidden Lust: Novocaine Book One
Author: Grayson Knight
Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Grayson Knight
Release Date: August 3 2017
Genre/s: Contemporary Gay MM, Stepfather, Taboo, Erotica,
Length: 11K Words/33 Pages

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Jackson has never felt anything from his mother. All his life she treated him badly and he thought he would never have anything good in his life. That is until Cole came on the scene. Cole was in his early forties, and he was kind, handsome and built from pure muscle. The only problem was he was about to marry Jackson’s mum, but he was all that Jackson could think about. It was on the night of his eighteenth birthday when the only gift Jackson got was a pendant from Cole that he knew meant that there was something between them. Jackson’s innocence was something that he wanted to offer Cole, but he never knew if that chance would ever appear. For now, he would have to watch from afar and hope that his fantasies would be enough. Maybe one day he would get a chance at a night with Cole, but a sexual relationship with his stepfather was surely off limits and taboo. Or was it? An MM Erotica Short Story by Grayson Knight.

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On the night of my eighteenth, my mum had gone out partying with her friends and I was alone in my room. I was wearing nothing but my boxers as I stood in front of the mirror lifting my free-weights in an attempt to exercise out my anger. As I watched myself, my green eyes looked back at me from my reflection with determination. I was determined to not let this get me down, and I would go on and eventually make something of myself. There was a knock on my door, and I carried on working out as I shouted. “Come in.” The door was already ajar and I watched as it opened and Cole came in and stood awkwardly by the door. He was tall and muscular, and as I watched him in the reflection of my mirror I could see his pecs tense, and his nipples were erect through his tight t-shirt. He was pretty fucking hot. “Sorry to bother you Jackson, I just wanted to come and see how you were doing.’ He stepped forward and sat on my bed behind me. I crouched and put my weights on the floor next to my mirror and stood up. I tried to wipe the sweat that was dripping from my blonde hair as I turned to face my future step-father. He looked me up and down and his eyes landed on my toned stomach as he quickly averted his eyes. I smiled at him then. “It’s OK Cole, you’re not bothering me at all.” Our eyes met, and I swear I felt something spark between us. I licked my dry lips and Cole caught the action. He shifted where he sat as he signalled for me to sit beside him. As I did his weight on the bed made me feel a little flustered, I turned to face him and he was looking at me intensely. His eyes bore into me and my breath hitched in my chest. He was ridiculously sexy and I suddenly felt very exposed sat here in just my tight boxers. 

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As you may have gathered from the blurb, this is a taboo story. Here we have eighteen year old Jackson who has the hots for his soon to be stepfather, Cole. When it turns out that the attraction is actually returned, Jackson discovers that the reality of being with Cole is even better than anything he could have imagined.

What to say about this story? Well, first and I guess foremost, it’s a hot tale. Jackson is a typical eighteen-year-old and his libido is constantly on the go. Cole appears to have more control when the story starts and tries to keep his distance from the young man who’s about to become his stepson, but in the end the mutual attraction proves much stronger than common sense.

This is an erotic tale more than anything else so a lot of the story focuses on sex. And, I have no problem with that. I would however have liked a scene featuring Jackson’s mother to experience her horribleness first hand, so to speak. As it is we have to take Jackson at his word when he says she’s a nasty piece of work and since he’s obsessed with the man she’s about to marry I’m not sure he’s all too trustworthy.

Cole’s role and action in this story required some real suspension of disbelief. Why would a man who according to Jackson is caring and nice marry someone as nasty as Jackson’s mom? And, why did he go ahead with the wedding ever after giving in to his attraction to Jackson?

I understand that this is the first book in a planned series and it is quite possible that these and other questions will be answered later on. I hope so, because this could be the start of an intriguing tale and I will most definitely read the second book to see where it all goes.

However (and I hate doing this) I feel I have to add the following. I really hope that what I just read was the ARC rather than the finished product. Because in my humble opinion this book could do with an editor and/or proofreader. I know that it is next to impossible to produce a completely mistake free book. This story however had too many repetitions and uses of ‘sound-a-likes’ for me to think they’d just slipped through the net. And that’s a shame. Forbidden Lust could be a wonderful addition to the Taboo Genre. As it stands, this book is an entertaining and hot read that should have been more.


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Grayson Knight has always had a love of books, writing and beautiful men. So it seemed natural to combine these loves and create his own worlds in the form of erotic gay fiction. When not creating adventures of very sexy men, Grayson can be found spending time with his loving husband and two cats. 

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

A World Apart by Mel Gough - Cover Reveal

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Release Date: September 18

Publisher: Ninestar Press

Length: 52,000 words

Cover Design: Natasha Snow 


Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.

When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.

With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But he is soon struggling to help an increasingly vulnerable Donnie, while at the same time having to deal with the upheaval in his own life. Ben eventually realizes that they cannot achieve happiness together unless they confront their darkest secrets.

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Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years.

If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they would undoubtedly say “Reading!” She would take fifteen books on a three-week beach holiday, and then read all her mom’s books once she’d devoured her own midway through week two.

Back home in her mom’s attic there’s a box full of journals with stories Mel wrote when she was in her early teens. None of the stories are finished, or any good. She has told herself bedtime stories as far back as she can remember.

In her day job, Mel works for an NGO as operations manager. No other city is quite like London, and Mel loves her city. The hustle and bustle still amaze and thrill her even after all these years. When not reading, writing or going to the theater, Mel spends her time with her long-time boyfriend, discussing science or poking fun at each other.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote - Review Tour

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 23,000 words approx 


Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?

A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.

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This was my second encounter with Rowan and Seth. The first time I met these two men it was in a shorter version of this story in an anthology called ‘Not Quite Shakespeare’. My (very short) review of it at the time said:

Morris dancing might not be the first thing to spring to mind when it comes to romance but boy did it work.

And to be honest, that review still stands. Tops Down Bottoms Up is still a sweet, funny, charming, easy to read and very enjoyable story.

Rowan’s cynicism about all things folk and especially morris dancing, had me grinning from the very start and of course his attitude only served to make his slow but inescapable conversion all the more delicious. If I had to come up with an alternative title for this story it would be ‘The Things We Do For Love’ (or in Ronan’s case ‘For Attraction’). Because it is of course only his instant attraction to the gorgeous Seth which makes him show up for a morris dancing workshop.

And that’s when the real comedy starts. I have to admit I knew nothing about morris dancing before reading this story and that I had absolutely no idea there were so many opportunities for double entendres and innuendo. For starters there’s the fact that the title of this story is actually a term used in morris dancing, and then there’s everything these dancers get up to with their sticks. J

And, talking about sticks, Ronan and Seth are very sexy together. But then again, hot and well written sex scenes are something I expect when I pick up a story by Jay Northcote. Just as this story proved once again that Jay has a special talent when it comes to writing delightful stories which flow smoothly and characters who will charm their way into your heart. 

There’s a little bit of angst in the story, but overall it’s a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud funny, sexy and charming tale about two men falling hard.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

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Open Net (Cayuga Cougars #2) by V.L. Locey - Release Blitz

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Length: 54,000 words approx

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August Miles has the world on a string professionally.

Augie, as his friends and teammates call the unassuming young goaltender, is on the fast track to the pros. The starting goalie for the Cayuga Cougars, he has a year or two in Cayuga to hone his skills and all his career dreams will have come true. Pity his personal life isn’t riding the same high. He’s the only one among his group of friends without that special someone to call his own.

Until he meets Salvatore Castenada at a lakeside party. The attraction is white-hot and more than a little wonderfully overwhelming for the romantically inexperienced goalie. August quickly discovers that Sal is everything he’s dreamed of in a man: mature, settled, sinfully handsome, and filled with gentle humor. Sal is also HIV positive.

Will Sal’s revelation about his status end this budding relationship before it can even begin? Or will the two men be able to handle the challenges life—and a championship run for the Cougars—throws at them?

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Ghost (Executioners #1) by J.M. Dabney - Release Blitz

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Length: 40,000 words


Gideon Jane earned the name Ghost for his reclusive nature when he joined a group of guys in Powers, Georgia in a band called Executioners. It had been his way of settling into small town life after living in New York for the past twenty years. He loved the band and his small organic farm. What he didn’t love was being single, but it appeared it was his new reality. He didn’t want his ex back, although he did want something. What that was eluded him until the evening he walked into Nightingale’s Books.

Small town girl Harper Sage knew pain, and she’d lived with it—she had the scars both mental and physical to prove it. It would’ve been easier to hop in her car to find safety and anonymity, but Harper stayed to prove she was stronger than hurled fists and bruising prejudice. She found herself within the safety of a close-knit group of rough bikers and bar bouncers. That didn’t mean it was all perfect.

What’s a girl to do when she craves normalcy and acceptance: she just smiles. Choices are made, some with dire consequences and others that bring her closer to her dream. Will she make the right decision or finally discover escape is her best option?

Author Bio

J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. She lives with a constant diverse cast of characters in her head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. she lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure she does them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and she makes sure her characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more she wants from telling her stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Heatwave at the Edge (a Tales from the Edge Story) by L.M. Somerton

Buy link: Pride Publishing (free read)


It’s not often Yorkshire experiences a heatwave and all the sunshine has gone to Olly’s head. He’s not been on his best behaviour and Joe, his Dom, decides it’s time to cool him off – as if it’s ever possible to douse the flames of mischief where Olly is concerned. 


If you’ve been following my reviews you may have noticed that I have a huge soft spot for L.M Somerton’s Tales from the Edge. And while I love every single character in those stories I have to admit that Joe and Olly are my favourites by a mile. What’s not to love about a sub who appears to have not a single sensible bone in his body and his Dom who adores his cheekiness while knowing exactly how to deal with it? Add a puppy almost as cheeky as its owner — appropriately named Parker — and you’ll find me with a huge grin on my face.

It goes without saying that this is a very hot short. I mean, Joe knows exactly how to cool his Olly down during a heatwave, only to turn the heat levels up again. And Olly, despite his protestations and squirming, loves every single second of the exquisite torture his Dom puts him through.

If I have a complaint it is that these freebies are ‘only’ scenes rather than full stories. But that’s just my need to spend more time with these men. To be honest, I’m not sure this author could ever write enough stories featuring Joe, Olly and all their friends and colleagues to satisfy my desire for more. Which of course doesn’t stop me from hoping that if full novels are out to the questions, these shorts will continue to come my way.

While you could certainly read this story as a quick and steamy interlude without having read the previous Tales from the Edge, I would strongly recommend reading the whole series. Seriously, if you enjoy your BDSM with lots of heat and a side of suspense, you could do a lot worse than reading these books. This link leads to my review of Binding the Edges, the last book in the Tales from the Edge series. In that review you’ll find links to those about the earlier books.