Julie Lynn Hayes – Forbidden 1, 2, 3 (Sanctum, Secret Blessings, Unexpected Storm)

Author: Julie Lynn Hayes
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Romance First Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781452498836

 

I am reviewing all three of the Forbidden books in one review because they appear to be a serial, each one being a chapter of the story.  They do NOT appear to be stand alone, and I went back and forth on what to rate them because as it stands with #3, Unexpected Storm, the story is unfinished, ending on a huge cliffhanger but the story to this point … Continue reading

Lex Valentine – Kissing Joan Collins

Author: Lex Valentine
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781608206049

 

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, and all the … Continue reading

Rick R. Reed – VGL Male Seeks Same

Author: Rick R. Reed
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781602724303

 

Since the only other thing I have read by Mr. Reed was IM, which scared the living hell out of me, I wasn’t sure how this one was going to go. Like Stephen King writing a love story, I thought. Stephen King should be so lucky.

Ethan is 42 years old, and all he wants is someone to come home to, share a life with.  He thought his job and … Continue reading

M.J. O’Shea – Stroke


Author: M.J. O’Shea
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781613723197

 

My, oh my.  I noticed this because of the title, and was lucky enough that this was such a lovely story.  I will admit, books about online lovers are a favorite genre of mine.  Something so delicious about getting to know someone completely based on words, and then seeing if the real life person is as good.

Owen Peters is a senior college student and a member of the rowing … 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

 

** 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, the betrayal happens.  … Continue reading

Rick R. Reed- IM

Author: Rick R. Reed
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Quest
Genre: M/M Horror
ISBN 13: 9781932300796

 

This book took me so much longer to read than normal, because I kept having to put it down. I’ve always been a big fan of horror/mystery books, but one just scared the hell out of me. At one point, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it. I had to have my hand held through the entire last half, and STILL put it down at least … Continue reading

Sharon Maria Bidwell – Nights in Pink Satin


Author: Sharon Maria Bidwell
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13: 9781605212371

 

I was going to give this a 4, due to drac…..errr….VINCENT. Denial to yourself is one thing, and its frustrating, but denial that hurts someone else, something I hate. I don’t care how old and powerful he is, Vincent is so caught up in “I can’t be” that he was downright annoying.  He is shopping for a new coffin lining for the annual Cotillion (that … Continue reading

Louise Blaydon – And There Was Silence


Author: Louise Blaydon
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Historical
ISBN 13: 9781613723173

 

It is two years after the War.  The War that put the college (Oxford) and life of Robert and Harry a bit behind.  They are on track now, however, fellow students putting the War and the past behind them.  They have a day off, relaxing on the shore watching a young man try to maneuver a punt.  The young man is close to succeeding, but ends up having to … 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

 

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 with two men.  … Continue reading

Jaxx Steele – Cam’s Best Friend

Author: Jaxx Steele
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M Paranormal
ISBN 13: 9781920502584

 

Oh, the potential that this book had!  A VERY nice cover. This amazing prologue, giving the back history of Reynaud and the death of his lover, Angele.  He is being punished for failing to protect his lover (who died with Reynaud right there, asleep).  Initially, the punishment was to be severely harsh, that of removing his magical abilities, even though the Council governing the crime for the most part believed Reynaud … Continue reading