Review: “Myths, Moons & Mayhem” by Clare London, Carl Redlum, Rebecca Buchanan, Rob Rosen, Dale Cameron Lowry, Elizabeth Caldwell, Morgan Elektra, Rhidian Brenig Jones & Greg Kosebjorn

TITLE: Myths, Moons & Mayhem
AUTHORS:
Clare London, Carl Redlum, Rebecca Buchanan, Rob Rosen,
Dale Cameron Lowry, Elizabeth Caldwell, Morgan Elektra,
Rhidian Brenig Jones & Greg Kosebjorn
SERIES: Anthology
PUBLISHER: Sexy Little Pages
COVER ARTIST: Torrance Sene
GENRE: Paranormal; MMM; Erotica; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 183 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 e-book / $12.99 paperback

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Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.
Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons & Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

Inside Man by Clare London—At a London pub, a tear in the veil between the dead and living opens up new possibilities for a ghost who could only ever watch the men he desired, but never touch.

The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry—Losing sleep to the sounds of his tent-neighbors’ nightly lovemaking has nature photographer Ethan at his wit’s end. What kind of magic can convince the two men he should join them?

The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra—The fiery romance between a vampire and a werewolf threatens to burn itself to the ground until a human teaches them to temper the flame.

Squatchin’ by Greg Kosebjorn—Two Bigfoot hunters get more than they bargained for when they set out on an overnight camping trip to trail the legendary beast.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.

Close Encounter of the Three-way Kind by Rob Rosen—In this quirky comedy, aliens arrive from another galaxy, but they’re more interested in consensual exploration than invasion. Alien probing never felt so good!.


This was a very enjoyable anthology with some really hot gay erotica. They are short stories that are a menage of sorts. They have everything from ghosts, vampires and wolves, witches, bigfoot and aliens. If you’re looking for something to get your libido going, these short stories are written to do exactly that.

Inside Man by Claire London: This story starts out with a ghost that misses the ability of touch, even touching himself. He’s watching this young couple and admiring them. He notices some tension between them and decides to follow them home. He feels their love and need for each other, but they are fighting against it. With his ghostly abilities, he figures out how to help them and himself at the same time.

The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan: Grover Benson is a professor and discovers an authentic Minoan Linear B cup. No one could believe it was found in the school’s basement. All he had to do that day was get to the lecture room, collect term papers from the students and grade them. Then he could get started on interpreting the cup. As usual, the hot student that sat in H 12, was there and wrote his term on homoeroticism. This student had invaded his dreams all semester, and this paper did not help his libido. Dominic is student H 12 and Steffan is his significant other. This was where they get crazy over the cup and how these three men save the day while it ends very hot and sexy.

When the Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum: Henry’s parents have moved him to the middle of nowhere to protect him and any victims at the full moon. They have to put him in shackles to keep him locked up so that he and others can survive. As his parents left for the day, they told him to not leave the house. Well, just like most children, he did not listen and he roams through the woods around his house. As he’s exploring, he picks up a scent and has to see where it is coming from. He discovers a sexy man chopping wood, and after a bit, sees his lover as well. He believes he gets away unnoticed, but as nightfall begins to descend, after he is locked up in his basement, he learns why the scent was so heady. These wolves are super-hot and are sexy together.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell: Josh is a lonely guy wanting to find love. His roommate, Aaron has Eric, and Josh is sick of hearing about their great sex life, how big Eric’s schlong is and so on. He’s surprised when his roommate comes walking in one evening because Aaron and Eric were supposed to go out. After a few drinks and sitting around shooting the breeze about love and all, Aaron tells Josh how his family history deals with spells, and he has a love spell that he wants to try on him. They head up to the attic and get everything ready for the spell. What comes next is shocking and hot as hell.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry: Ethan is part of a paleontological expedition team and is sitting next to Heather by the fire after a hard day. He’s always tired after having to use magic. They’re getting worked up listening to Mendrika and Joseph going at in their tent. In fact, Ethan is half hard listening to the sweet sounds, and the more he gets turned on, his magic makes the fire spark up. After Heather heads to bed, Ethan lets his imagination grow wild with his fantasies about these men having sex. The fire begins to rise and dance to his fantasies. The heat these three create is smouldering hot.

The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra: Jackson is a vampire that is not a fan of human blood. He prefers the tangy flavor of wolf blood. That is until he runs into the sexy little human known as Beau. Only once before has he felt this intense lust he has going on right now. He immediately wants to kiss him and is so turned on watching his sexiness swaying towards him. As these two are getting acquainted, Jackson smells the all too familiar wolf scent. This scent is the first scent that causes so much lust, he can’t control himself. It’s Rafael, his favorite wolf. These two go way back but always end up fighting and going separate ways. Well, Beau has plans for these two sexy studs, and he plans to never let them go.

Squatchin by Greg Kosebjorn: Jason and Dan have been together for a couple of months and are totally smitten with each other. Jason is obsessed with finding a live Sasquatch. They are in the Oregon woods in search of one. They get to a point of traipsing through the woods and decide to set up camp. After some hanky-panky in their tent, they hear, and then see, a large subject outside their tent. Jason gets all excited, and Dan is scared but soon realizes it is just a man as the man opens their tent and flashes a flashlight in their faces. They end up going back to Martin’s place and learn that his lover and love of his life died last year. When they console Martin, things heat up.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones: Celyn often dreams of the fair folk dancing in the woods with these intense set of green eyes and set of blue eyes. These two always encouraged him to touch himself and get a release. He can kinda make out these men in his dreams, but they are just that, dreams. One day, he is going about his day and goes in for supper. Both his parents try to convince him that he needs to settle down with a nice maiden and start having children. He does not want this and is scared he will be alone forever. As he is walking, he realizes he’s ventured further than he should, but then there they are. Those sets of eyes from his dreams. Cai and Taliaris introduce Celyn to such intense pleasure, he never wants it to end. Well, he has a tough choice to make, but their offer is oh so appealing.

Close Encounter of the Three-Way Kind by Rob Rosen: Aliens have invaded earth and have settled in Africa and Europe. The deal was they would stay there, but humankind had to move from those locations. Luke is at home one day watching his sexy German neighbor, who runs around naked with the blinds up and is stroking himself. Suddenly, he’s interrupted by a loud noise in his backyard. Spandex, the alien, sensed high arousal and wants to study this sexuality. They end up going to the neighbor’s house, Hans, and they explain the need for this study. Plus, the difference between them and this alien and why the alien needs both of them.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “The Quality of Mercy” by Ari McKay

TITLE: The Quality of Mercy
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Bent Oak Saga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Historical Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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Gil Porter and Matt Grayson’s Bent Oak Ranch in Mercy, Texas, is a rare haven for gay men in the nineteenth century, and their friend Carlos Hernandez will need it when a man from his past unexpectedly comes back into his life.
Jules Wingate hopes to start over in Mercy as the schoolmaster after a scandal sent him and his son fleeing their former home. But he discovers he’s left one bad situation for another when he encounters his former student and lover, Carlos. No matter how Jules tries to resist, he yearns for the passionate connection they once shared… before Carlos broke his heart.
Carlos knows his foolish, immature actions hurt Jules, but he desperately wants a second chance and to show Jules he’s changed. But trust so badly broken is hard to repair. While he works to earn Jules’s forgiveness, someone else at the ranch has his sights set on Carlos—and he doesn’t care how many lives he has to ruin to make Carlos his and his alone.


I really enjoyed The Quality of Mercy by Ari McKay. It’s the second book in the Bent Oak Saga. This is the first book in the series that I have read, and while Gil and Matt— from the first book in the series, Finding Forgiveness—are in the second book, they are there only as supporting characters. The book is a standalone and focuses on Jules and Carlos. I do, however, want to read Finding Forgiveness because I do find Gil and Matt to be great supporting characters and I want to know more about how they become a couple and start the Bent Oak Ranch.

I liked the storyline and the characters in the book. I did think that the story could have been written without the cheating element from when Jules and Carlos had been together in the past. I get that Carlos was young and not ready for a permanent relationship and wanted to roam and sow his wild oats but he could have just left instead of cheating on Jules and betraying their relationship in that way. I’m not sure if I could have forgiven him even ten years later for having betrayed me in that way. However, this is a book and not real life. I do think that the author has done a great job of showing that Carlos has done a lot of growing up and maturing in the ten years that they have been apart and that he’s ready to be in a committed relationship and can prove that he’s trustworthy. After all, he has plenty of opportunities to get with the hot younger ranch hand Caleb if he was still a cheater.

I did really like Jules and how he interacts with the children, and later with the ranch hands that he teaches. He also has a great relationship with his son, Alex, who gets a job at the Bent Oak Ranch and is assisting Carlos with the horses. Of course, his son doesn’t know that he is gay, but that’s the time period that they’re in. Where you can’t be out and proud and being different can get you killed. I liked that the Bent Oak Ranch is a rare haven for gay men in the nineteenth century. I also like how Gil and Matt play matchmaker between Carlos and Jules by having Jules come and live at the ranch when he breaks his leg and needs to be taken care of. I especially like when they move both him and Carlos into the empty Foreman’s house, which gives them privacy and forces them to be together so that they can’t escape their chemistry and attraction to one another.

Overall an enjoyable story. For me, the cheating aspect in the past wasn’t an issue, but I know a lot of readers don’t like to read books with cheating in it, especially when the book would have been just as good without it.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “The Great Wall” by Z. Allora

TITLE: The Great Wall
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
SERIES: Made in China
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: PL Nunn
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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Jun “Styx” Wong’s heart and mind battle to determine his destiny. His mind tells him to be a good Chinese son and marry the girl his parents chose, but his heart longs for his best friend, Jin, and life with their new band. “Jun” means honesty, but he’s not even honest with himself. A quest to eradicate his feelings for Jin nearly ends his life. Styx’s near death serves as a wake-up call for Jin, whose blond hair–legacy of his German father–marks him as different. Jin harbors secrets of his own. His experiences prepare him to take the drastic measures needed to help Jun overcome the walls surrounding them.
Because there is no gay in China…


The Great Wall is the first book in the Made in China series by Z. Allora. The book takes place in China, and so we do get quite a bit of background into Chinese culture with this first book. It was a real eye-opener for me who lives in the USA. I was aware that in some places you couldn’t be as open about your sexuality but this is the first book that I have read about the Chinese culture and I was kind of sad at how repressed it was. That in order to be a good son you have to do whatever your parents want you to do and marry whoever they want you to marry whether you want to or not.

Like the concept that there aren’t any homes to take care of old people and so having a child is their insurance that somebody will take care of them as they get older. And in order to have a child, you have to get married which must lead to a lot of unhappy marriages. It’s all so very backward from what I am used to reading and how the world works in the USA. Not that the book wasn’t entertaining because it was, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out.

I did sometimes have a hard time feeling the connection between Jun Tai “Styx” and his best friend, Jin. But I did enjoy watching both of them get more comfortable being a gay couple and being comfortable to show affection to each other in their apartment in front of their friends and fellow band members, Li and Indigo. And later their new singer, Tian Di. I do have to say that Li and Indigo stole the spotlight on more than one occasion and I was intrigued by their relationship, and I can’t wait to find out what happens to their relationship.

I also can’t wait to see who their singer, Tian Di, ends up with. I did like getting to see all of the different places that were visited in the book and with the way they were described I felt like I was there with the guys while they explored the Great Wall and other tourist places.

Overall, a good start to a new series, and I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “Bleu Balls” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Bleu Balls
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: Balls to the Wall
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Enemies to Lovers
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 9, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $16.99 – paperback

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Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.
But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.


Bleu Balls is the seventh book in the Balls to the Wall series by Tara Lain. I’d eagerly awaited getting to read about the McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, since meeting them in the previous book, Snow Balls, when they had a fling with JJ before he met Ryan. I have to say that Double trouble did live up to their name, but the book isn’t a bunch of threesome hookups between the twins and another guy. The book starts at the end of the hookup portion of their lives, and Bobby’s ready for a more series relationship with just another guy and not with his twin also. The book’s told from Robin, Bobby, Paolo, and Micah’s POV. So we do get to see inside of each guy’s heads and find out how they’re feeling. The book did get kind of confusing for me sometimes.

Robin and Bobby are both artists, but each has their own style and personality which are as different as their identical DNA. Robin’s the better painter but lacks people skills, and Bobby’s the better salesman with wonderful people skills and adds his sunny disposition to his brother’s dark and moody paintings. However, when Bobby comes down with a cold just before a big pitch to a new client, Robin’s forced to make the pitch. But Robin can tell that the main client and architect of the building, Paolo, takes an instant dislike to him, and Robin doesn’t pull any punches in giving him a piece of his mind. He figures that he has lost them the new client and puts off telling Bobby.

Bobby ends up going to the doctor for his cold and finds that his doctor has been replaced with his gorgeous gay son, Micah. The twins are both attracted, but Bobby can’t stop talking about him and wondering about him. When Bobby finally calls to find out if they got the job, they are pleasantly surprised to find out that they did win the contract. However, the client’s stipulated that Bobby’s to be the main painter for the job instead of Robin. And so they decided to switch places so that Robin can still paint the mural while Bobby sells their other paintings at the Festival. Robin gets to know Paolo while trying to impersonate his brother as he works on the job and Paolo ends up wanting to go out with “Bobby.” Dr. Micha Brown also wants Bobby, but because of his homophobic brother, he ends up asking out Robin instead. They end up realizing that they’re meant to be friends only, and Micha ends up asking out Bobby.

They’re the perfect couple, and their relationship moves quickly, leaving Robin feeling left out and lonely. Paolo also has a date with the real Bobby and is confused with how different he is from the Bobby he talks to when he’s painting the mural. And Bobby doesn’t feel any connection to Paolo either. Making Paolo realize that the twin he really wants is Robin. But it’s not all fun and games, and Paolo and Robin will have to work hard for their HEA. I greatly enjoyed getting to see cameos of the other guys in the Balls to the Wall series and how great their relationships are doing. Bleu Balls is a great addition to the series. My only issue is that the story ends kind of abruptly, and I wanted to know more about Bobby and Micha’s relationship after they got together.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “Denver’s Calling” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Denver’s Calling
AUTHOR: JJ Harper
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series Book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: JC Clark at The Graphics Shed
GENRE: MMM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 303 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.15 e-book / $10.99 paperback

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When Denver’s long-term partner breaks up with him, he flees his life, his career, and his bright future as one of the country’s leading trauma surgeons. Ditching everything but his dog, Denver returns to the quiet town of Cooper’s Ridge and his parents’ ranch.
Leaving twelve years earlier, Denver knew he would never be accepted as a gay man in an unaccepting town. So, when he meets Kes—an old school friend—in the bar he owns, he is shocked to find him in an openly gay relationship. Something he never thought would happen here.
What surprises him even more is the instant, mutual attraction the three men have. Accepting a job in Kes’ bar, they dance around each other, wanting them but not believing he would ever fit in with a couple so obviously in love. But, they want him. And they are not prepared to let him go.
Denver takes a risk and accepts their offer of a night out, finding a side of himself he never knew existed. Not trusting himself to be enough for the two men, the desire blooming in him is unprecedented and he can’t deny it: he wants them as much.
He finds his life falling into place, all because of two men. Is it possible he found his forever in a place he never expected it?


Once again, JJ Harper has sucked me into her wonderful imagination and storytelling ways. She has opened up this wonderful world where ménages’ can work as a relationship with three people and can be loving and adoring parents. Life is not easy for any couple but adding a third partner can prove even more difficult. As per her usual, she has me craving more. I loved how she wrote this from all three POVs and successfully too. This in itself, is not an easy task, but my favorite way to read. I like understanding each character’s POV and feeling their emotions from their perspective.

First, we meet Denver, a successful head surgeon at the hospital that he and his boyfriend have worked at for years. They have all their friends there also. They have built their lives in the big city, and Denver is happy with his life. That is until he comes back from a work conference and is welcomed home with a, “I’m sorry, but oops, I got engaged to someone else”. Feeling betrayed by his boyfriend and by their friends, since they knew about the affair, Denver quits the hospital and moves back to his small hometown and to his parents’ ranch.

Next, we meet Kes, the owner of the local bar. He has worked hard to get his bar up and going in this small town. It hasn’t been easy because he’s a gay man in a relationship and it took a while, but the town folk have accepted them and even support them. Then in walks Denver and his brother. Kes’ mind and libido go crazy. Kes remembers his first kiss, back in high school, was with the very man that just walked in. He’s enjoying the scenery of this beautiful man when his man walks in and plants a kiss on him.

Now we meet East, the local construction business owner. He loves his man and his daughter and couldn’t be happier with his family and life. He notices this man that Kes is staring at when he walks into the bar and doesn’t feel jealousy. Rather, he feels an attraction to this man and is intrigued to hear the story behind this man and his man.

All three are very attracted to each and feel this crazy connection that should feel wrong but feels so right. East and Kes know they want this with Denver and Denver knows it too. But Denver doesn’t want to cause any harm to the couple and sure doesn’t want to feel like the third wheel. Can they convince him they don’t want to be that couple anymore but rather a trio? Can they get the support from family and locals or will they have small town struggles with this kind of relationship? How will this affect their businesses and children? Can Denver get past his insecurities and allow these men to love him? Enjoy your journey to the answers you seek.

I know I did and can’t wait for Carter’s story next.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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