Neil Plakcy – Zero Break

Author: Neil Plakcy
Reviewer: Don
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Mystery
ISBN 13:9781608205929

I have been a fan of the Mahu series since it first came out and Detective Kimo Kanapa’aka was still in the closet.  Six books later Mr. Plakcy is still masterfully walking readers through Kimo’s life as he unravels homicides.  This story opens with Kimo and his detective partner Ray Donne working a case which looks like a home invasion gone wrong and a young mother is killed.  Further investigation reveals that the … Continue reading

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Belinda McBride- The Gift of the Maggie

Author: Belinda McBride
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781608205318

 

This holiday offering was read by me on a warm March day, which detracted not a bit from how much I liked it. There is a sadness to part of it, as Gil struggles to balance his love for Morgan, his best friend, partner and lover, with his about to move in teenaged children accepting that he is gay and that Morgan isn’t just his buddy.

To try to do this, … Continue reading

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Terry O’Reilly – Finding the Words

Author: Terry O’Reilly
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781611522648

 

This was so difficult to rate, because I absolutely loved Andre.   We meet him just after a stroke, when he is having severe language problems.  He is unable to say much more than yes, yes, no, no, but, shit for about half the book.  The  man doesn’t give up, he doesn’t feel sorry for himself and he’s just a conflicted, trying hard to get past this kind of guy.  … Continue reading

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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

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Erica Pike – A Life Without You

Author: Erica Pike
Reviewed by: Valentina
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781608205264

 

This is my second story by Erica Pike, but if I hadn’t read the first one I probably never would have dared to read A Life Without You, not to mention the cover that really just puts me off.

Jesse and Adam are roommates at college and while Adam is gay, Jesse has a fiancé back home and is adamantly refusing to give up his dream of marriage and kids despite … Continue reading

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Theo Fenraven – Love at First Sight (Will Crawford #1)

Author: Theo Fenraven
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781608204113

Love at first sight is written in the first person POV from the perspective of Will, a celebrated actor.  He meets Ren in the bookstore that Ren owns, and is immediately smitten.  Ren, however, is imperious to Wills charms, turns him down for a date, and then dismisses him. Ren is very open about the fact that he wants a relationship, not a quickie or one nighter.  He challenges Will … Continue reading

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Theo Fenraven – Picture This (Will Crawford #2)

Author: Theo Fenraven
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781608204422

Picture this is the story of actor Will Crawford, who commissions naked photographs of himself by Rick.  Rick is known to be discreet, trustworthy and talented in the world of photographing famous people.  He has had a crush on famous Will for a while, so is very excited to take the assignment.

They do the photo shoot at Rick’s, fathers’ farm, where privacy is guaranteed.  The scene starts off well, … Continue reading

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Cherie Noel – The Soldier & the State Trooper


Author
: Cherie Noel
Reviewed by:
Valentina Heart
Publisher:
MLR Press
Genre:
M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:
9781608204038
 

This is a somewhat long story about a soldier with a daughter, who has his quirks and more than enough problems but still prefers to look on the bright side of things. In addition, it is a story about a State Trooper who knows exactly what he wants and has more than enough strength and persistence to get it.

The start of how Robert met Christie … Continue reading

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Ethan Day – Anything for You


Author:
 Ethan Day
Reviewed by:
Don
Publisher:
MLR Press
Genre:
M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:
9781608203123

This book was a humorous way to address a serious subject.

Jason Miller is a very much closeted ad executive who is set up on a blind date with Chad Wellington, a gay rights activist. What follows is a romantic comedy full of camp, witty self dialogue and tongue in cheek jokes. I enjoyed both Jason and Chad and their romance. The secondary characters held their own also. … Continue reading

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Ethan Day – Sno Ho


Author:
 Ethan Day
Reviewed by:
Don
Publisher:
MLR Press
Genre:
M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:
9781608202485

What a wonderfully funny and romantic book. Boone had me laughing almost to the end. Mr. Day has a sharp, witty way with words and the ability to draw many emotions from the reader. I loved the sexual energy and chemistry that Boone and Wade shared. The close knit town of Summit City reminded me of where I grew up. This was a totally engrossing read. Everyone should … Continue reading

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