Lex Valentine – Kissing Joan Collins

Author: Lex Valentine
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781608206049
[xrr rating=3.5/5]


This is a friends to lovers story, which is a genre I just love.  Add in an MC who is going to dress up in a tight 1980’s style dress to go to a party as, yes, Joan Collins, and we have a potential for a win.   This story is sweet, but misses a higher rating by just a little bit.

It is coming up on Valentine’s Day, … Continue reading

Piper Vaughn and MJ O’Shea – Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1)

Author: Piper Vaughn, MJ O’Shea
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781611185447
[xrr rating=5/5]


** WARNING: spoiler alert ** I wavered between 4 and 5 for this. I was thinking 4 because it really needed more information on the backstory. Had I not read the prequel, I think I wouldn’t have understood the love between Jesse and Shane, which made what happened so much more painful. Ultimately I decided on a 5 because so very often, in stories of this kind, … Continue reading

L.A. Witt – Where There’s Smoke

Author: L.A. Witt
Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
ISBN 13: 9781611187380
[xrr rating=4/5]


L.A. Witt has given readers an enjoyable look into politics with this book.  Jesse Cameron and Simone Lancaster seem to be the happily married Hollywood movie stars that America loves but looks are deceiving.  Jesse and Simone are on the brink of divorce after Jesse tells the fragile Simone that he’s gay.  The two are still good friends who love each other but just not in the bedroom.  … Continue reading

Winona Wilder – Cowboy Drifter (Coming out #2)

Author: Winona Wilder
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Genre: M/M Western
ISBN 13: 9781610345521
[xrr rating=4/5]


I did not read the first book in this series, so I was a little afraid I would be lost.  I needn’t have worried, the story stands alone.  James is the son of a tough, impossible to please father.  Father is never satisfied, and works his sons hard.  He is worse than ever, since James’ older brother Waylon not only came out as gay, but is in a relationship … Continue reading

Mia Watts – Mommy’s Little Mummy

Author: Mia Watts
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Respendence Publishing
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13: 9781607354710
[xrr rating=4/5]

Another entry in the Mommy’s Little series.  This one doesn’t feature the immortal diner owner, Mommy, to a great degree.  These stories are very short, and just so clever. In this installment, Remmao and Licenius live in the times of Cleopatria.  Remmao is the Queen’s scribe, while Licenius is a Roman emissary to Egypt.  They are lovers, in a time very dangerous for Romans.  Remmao comes up with a plan … Continue reading

Mia Watts – Mommy’s Little Shapeshifter

Author: Mia Watts
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Resplendence
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13: 9781607354697
[xrr rating=3.5/5]

This short story is set in the world of Mommy, a heavyset, no nonsense immortal woman who runs a diner for paranormal beings.  And yes, they all call her mommy.  Benny is a dog shifter, a Corgi to be exact. He has a hopeless crush on a nice German Shepherd named Dieter.

Mommy has a hand in forcing the two to meet.  The story is so short that … Continue reading

Cari Z- Different Spheres

Author: Cari Z
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781613723180
[xrr rating=4/5]

Poor Gil.  Ten years ago he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and when he has a relapse, he calls his sister Tally.  When this relapse occurs, complete with double vision, Tally is on her first child-free, non-work related vacation with her husband.  There is no way Gil is going to bother her.  So, he goes next door to Warren’s house, his new (for six months) neighbor to get a … Continue reading

Heather Webber – Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine #1)

Author: Heather Webber
Reviewed by: Lexi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: M/F Mystery
ISBN 13:  9780312946135
[mf rating=4/5]

So I am not a fan of the cover.  It implies fluff and there is nothing fluffy about this novel.  Lucy Valentine comes from a long line of magically gifted matchmakers but an accident when she was a teenager scrambled her gift.  So instead of being able to read auras and find people’s soul mates she can find your lost keys.  Problems with the family leave Lucy … Continue reading

Rachael White – Serendipity

Author:  Rachael White
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher:  Less Than Three
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781620041321
[xrr rating=3/5]

It is Valentine’s Day morning and Atticus is already having a lousy day.  He had plans for the day, wanting to spend it with his boyfriend. Unfortunately, said boyfriend unceremoniously dumps him.  Adding to his lousy day, a man on the train mistakes him for homeless and gives him money.  As Atticus sputters, “I’m a hipster!”. Noah, his would be benefactor, is amused and confused. They … Continue reading

Xara X. Xanakas – Razor’s Cut

Author: Xara X. Xanakas
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Less Than Three
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781620041307
[xrr rating=2.5/5]

I so wanted to love this short story.  It is rockers, and that’s a favorite genre of mine.  The problem, however, is that I hated the main character.  Razor is a selfish guitarist in the band the Evil Psycho Gods.  They are playing a gig at the Loaded Snail (yes, love the names), and he is onstage scouting his one-off for the night. He is on the … Continue reading