Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Cross to Bare (Men of London #5) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #LGBT #Romance

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, part of the Men of London Series
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 197 pages

Description: Tough in business but romantic at heart, fashion designer Lenny James isn’t hiding his masculinity behind his super successful female alter ego, but a vulnerability that only handsome financier Brook Hunter will be man enough to reveal…and worship.


It’s amazing what a little mascara and lipstick, a blonde wig, false boobs, and top-notch female fashion can hide. Not that Lenny James is hiding his masculinity. He uses his normal voice when he’s Laverne, and he’s not particularly camp as a man. His reasons for creating his alter ego are locked deep in his past. He is who he is: tough in business, and a romantic at heart. What he’s hiding is vulnerability. He wants a man to accept both sides of him.

Gorgeous, commanding, and dark as sin, Brook Hunter meets Lenny and knows nothing about Laverne until fate pushes her into his path. Cross-dressing is as far from Brook’s reality as fashion is from his world of diplomacy and high finance. Understanding and truth take time, and trust doesn’t come easy. But Brook is about to show Lenny that there are no sides to true love, just the place where they meet in the middle.

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Cross to Bare is a fun inside view of the fashion industry and into the life of a cross-dresser.
I really enjoyed the Lenny/Laverne character. Lenny is a very strong character, who is very clear about who he is—a man—and who he wants to be—a man. He is a cross-dresser, not a transgender woman. Throughout the book, the author drives this point home, and I came out of the reading with a much better understanding of why a man might choose to cross dress.

The very conservative Brook is, of course, the perfect foil to Lenny. LOL. It was fun to watch Brook overcome his own prejudices and insecurities as he gradually opened himself up to the fantabulousness that is Laverne.

We accompany both heroes in their work environments, when they are out with friends, as well as when they are alone together. This allows us to see different facets of their personalities, and how they each adapt to the differences in the other in these different scenarios. The dialogue is witty and often very funny. Oh, and the sex scenes are pretty hot too!

The secondary characters, all fun and unique, bring a lot to the depth of the story. It is always a joy to see more of the quirkily endearing Leslie, Laverne’s hilarious and out-spoken assistant.
Cross to Bare also reveals more about Ryan and Mango’s story. Dare I hope they will be featured next?

OUR RATING: 4 stars!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Not My Boyfriend by Monica L. Anderson #MM #Romance #LGBT

Genre: Standalone M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Length: 155 pages


If “I love you” is a lie, why does it feel so much like the truth?

Stuck at a co-workers retirement party, Max prepares himself for a long, boring night—until a guy across the bar with an intense brown gaze and a dangerous smirk offers some mutual gratification in the bathroom. Max had been looking for a forever love, but Karson’s so hot, forever can wait.

Ever since his cheating ex broke his heart, Karson’s had rules. Only pleasure. Never more than once. Never stay the night. Yet long after their romp in the bar bathroom, Karson still wants Max—maybe enough to break his own rules.

As Max and Karson struggle to sort out their complicated non-relationship, Karson’s ex resurfaces in full win-him-back mode. One white lie later, Max attends Karson’s tenth annual high-school reunion as his “boyfriend” to keep his ex away. But pretending is hard, when all Max wants is for the lie to be the truth.

Warning: Contains a slew of misunderstandings, one cheating, jealous ex, and steamy sex scenes between two guys who fall accidentally in love.

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Not My Boyfriend is the type of book you pick up when you want a fast-paced story with a ton of angst, hot sex, and a sweet ending. In terms of plot, this isn’t War and Peace, but then again, we don’t want it to be.

Max and Karson meet in a bar. Max is looking for Mr. Right, Karson is looking for Mr. Right Now and Only For Now. The rules are clear, and both men agree to them.
“One night,” Karson whispered against Max’s lips. “No regrets.” 
Max, mouth slack, ready and willing for many more kisses, nodded. “No regrets.”
Karson was a fling. A really hot, ridiculously good-kissing fling. Of course Max wasn’t his first. Wouldn’t be his last either. 
But that didn’t mean Max was going to sit back and let himself be another notch on anyone’s bedpost. If he was going to be a notch, he was going to be the biggest, most memorable notch on the line.
But their chemistry is off the charts and neither can resist the lure of a do-over. And that’s when the trouble starts.
Cursing, Karson covered his face with his hands. He was a fuck-and-forget kind of guy. This remembering—this longing—had never happened to him before.
Karson was trouble; he seemed to like slow, touchy sex that unraveled Max to his core and rebuilt him again in pleasure.
When Max attends Karson’s high school reunion as his boyfriend, they both know they are putting on a show, but everything feels all too real. Emotions run high in this story and both guys try to sort out their feelings. They know the other isn’t what they need, but is everything they want.

As expected, the I love you’s come, and when they do, the moment is honest, sweet, and very satisfying.

If you enjoy angsty, fast-paced stories with steamy, emotional sex and sweet romance, this is the book for you!

Our Review: 4 stars!


Friday, November 6, 2015

ARC Review: Tempted in Texas by Sara York #MM #Romance #LGBT

Genre: Standalone M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2015

Description: Rusty Briggs knows his chance of finding a man while living outside of Sweetwater, Texas are slim to none. Few know about his little secret, but his ranch hands have run out on him and the folks in town aren’t as hospitable as they were before the incident. He’s resigned himself to the fact that working his ranch will have to be enough or he will need to sell and move to the big city…that is until he meets Trent Anderson.

On the outside Trent appears to be a man with full access to silver spoons and caviar dreams, but his parents cut him off and tossed him out once they discovered he was gay. After living on the street, selling himself, then ending up in a destructive relationship, Trent pulled his life together and came out on top, all by using his compassion and intelligence—or so Trent thinks. Recently, Trent’s grandfather passed away and left him his ranch, as long as he meets a few conditions, like living in Texas for ninety days. But Trent’s secret benefactor, Reed, is dissatisfied that Trent isn’t living in Atlanta and wants him back. The only issue for Reed is that Trent is involved with Rusty.

Money, greed, lust, and power work to keep Rusty and Trent apart. They are forced to trust each other when life falls apart, but can they actually become close enough in ninety days to create a solid, trusting relationship, or will old relationships come between them?

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The setup: A tough Texan rancher with confidence to spare, an abused and down-trodden LGBT youth center worker, and a 90-day will stipulation that forces Trent to live on his recently deceased homophobic grandfather’s land if he wants to inherit.

Rusty, with his long legs and big muscles, is exactly what Trent needs to get him through 90 days of living in Sweetwater on his grandfather’s ranch. From the moment they meet, the electricity between them shoots of the page. It was a joy to watch Rusty help Trent build back his confidence and begin to flourish in the relationship that develops between these two men. The sex is hot and fresh, and the love between these two men is brave and genuine. Here’s one of our favorite passages:

Trent ran a hand down Rusty’s chest, sending shivers over his body. “You’ve not tried to change me, not once. When I eat pizza with you, you don’t tell me that I’ll get fat. Do you know how many times I heard that in Atlanta? ‘Don’t eat that, you’ll get fat and no one will want you. Don’t eat bread or you’ll lose your figure. No one wants fat boy toy.’”

“Fuck, you could gain weight or not. That’s not the only thing sexy about you. Sexy isn’t a body size. It’s a personality trait.
As always in Ms. York’s books, the issues faced by many LGBT youth and adults is not glossed over or only hinted at. No, as the story unfolds, we are made very aware of what has happened to Trent up to this point.  The events depicted aren’t at all a departure from reality.  Rather, sadly, they figure far too often in the coming-out stories of LGBT people.

Tempted in Texas is a story of coming into oneself, of accepting yourself and your past so that others can accept you too.   It is a story of triumph.

OUR RATING: 4 stars!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe #Romance

Genre: First in a Series, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Random House LLC

Description: Fans of Jodi Ellen Malpas, K. Bromberg, and Joanna Wylde will be unable to resist this sexy, deeply intimate tale of a woman running from her past, and the darkly mysterious man who sets her free.

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

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What starts out as a phone call between strangers turns into so much more. Something that will change both Annie and Dylan’s lives forever.

On the surface, Annie and Dylan couldn’t be more different. But inside, they are the same. Broken. Running from their pasts. Ashamed. Can they save each other or will their sexy, twisted relationship only make things worse?

Everything I Left Unsaid is an excellent story. Very gripping and surprisingly sexy, with an oh-so enticing slow burn. The writing is fantastically smooth and very realistically plunges the reader into the heads of the hero and heroine, making us feel like we're right there, along with Annie and Dylan.

Note: Ends on a cliffhanger, but the second book will be available on Nov. 24.
Possible trigger warning: contains references to and depictions of abuse.

OUR RATING: 5 stars!