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: “SuMMer Heat Anthology” by Toby Aden, Shea Balik, Maia Dylan, A.M. Halford, Ashley Malkin, Lisa Oliver, Frey Ortega, Cree Storm, Maggie Walsh

TITLE: SuMMer Heat Anthology
AUTHOR: Toby Aden, Shea Balik, Maia Dylan, A.M. Halford, Ashley Malkin,
Lisa Oliver, Frey Ortega, Cree Storm, Maggie Walsh
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: JP Graphics and Design
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal ; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 666 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2017
PRICE: $ 2.99 -e-book
  

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9 stories from today’s hottest MM authors!

The sound of the water rushing onto the beach. The sunrises and sunsets that are reminiscent of a stunning postcard. As perfect as the idyllic setting is, there is still something missing that you can’t quite put your finger on.
Then across the beach, the bar, the pool, you catch sight of the man you let get away, or the first sight of your destiny, and your mind travels along a road that you don’t want to end.
But a summer love is just for the summer, isn’t it?
Join these NINE Best Selling MM authors as they take you on a journey of summer love at its best!
Twenty percent of all proceeds donated to The Trevor Project. Trevor provides valuable resources to LGBTQ youth who may not have anywhere else to turn.
WARNING: This title contains adult themes


Join these NINE Best Selling MM authors as they take you on a journey of summer love at its best!
Twenty percent of all proceeds donated to The Trevor Project.
There is a little bit of everything in this collection, so there is sure to be something that will tickle your fancy. From contemporary romance to paranormal romance and even a sci-fi romance. I know that I enjoyed reading the stories. There were even a couple that sounds like they could be the beginning of a series. I also loved that at the end of each story is a little bit about the author and links to their other books.

Summer with My Billionaire Captor by Toby Aden – I liked this contemporary romance story, but I would have liked a little more storyline in-between sex scenes, like what they are doing to try and find Shane, stuff like that. The story also ends in an HFN. 3 OptimuMM’s
Billionaire Alejandro’s pissed when he realizes that his accountant Shane has embezzled ten million dollars of his money. He’s determined to teach him a lesson, but when he goes to the address listed for him, he is shocked when the person he apprehends isn’t Shane but his estranged gay twin brother Shawn. Not believing Shawn that he hasn’t had any contact with his twin in over 5 years. He abducts Shawn as leverage until he can find Shane and get his money back. He takes him to his private island, where they get over their animosity for each other and have lots of sex.

House Party by Shea Balik – I loved this contemporary romance story. To me, this story alone is worth the price of the collection and definitely made up for the first book in the collection. 5 OptimuMM’s
Scotty is tired of having wall to wall neighbors and having the cops called when he has friends over and they party. So he buys a house with a pool so they can throw their summer parties in peace and he invites all of his neighbors to his first party. However, the neighbor that lives behind him isn’t so keen on his new loud neighbors. Ashton’s antisocial and focused on his crusade to have food companies stop poisoning them with processed foods and GMOs. He’s also a geneticist and is a workaholic. So, of course, he’s going to have a problem with the loud thumping music when his new neighbor throws his first summer party. All he wants is for them to turn down the music, but instead, he manages to piss off Scotty’s friend Fritz, who retaliates by turning the music up even louder. Scotty tries to apologize the next day with a brownie peace offering, but he has no idea that he’s about to offend Ashton even more by offering him a processed treat. But Scotty’s determined to make Ashton like him and maybe more.

His Fated Summer by Maia Dylan – I also greatly enjoyed this paranormal shifter story about bear shifter Vaughn and his human mate Luca. I loved that Vaughn finds his mate while going clubbing on his vacation. But Luca is on the run from his past and doesn’t want Vaughn to get hurt because of his past. Will he allow Vaughn and his friends, Tent and Miles, to help him with his problems or will he run again? 5 OptimuMM’s

Rendezvous in the South Pacific by A.M. Halford – I liked this BDSM story about Zane and Kacey, but for me, the pacing of the story was very slow, and I kept falling asleep. I wished that it had more dialog instead of inner monologue, more showing instead of telling. I did like the Dom/sub dynamic between Zane and Kacey and how they had gone to school together, and both had a secret crush on the other. 3.5 OptimuMM’s

Simon’s Wolf by Ashley Malkin – I really liked this paranormal shifter story. It did start out a little slow, but by the end, I was in love with the characters. 4.5 OptimuMM’s
Hayes is a lone wolf that comes back to challenge the alpha of the pack he had left. He’s then poisoned and betrayed by the son of the alpha that had begged him to challenge the alpha in the first place. Sick from silver poisoning he’s challenged by the son, Peter, and left for dead. Simon is a veterinarian and just moved to the area. He’s had a hard time fitting in and making friends. He almost runs over a badly hurt wolf in the middle of the road and takes him back to his clinic to fix him. Hayes knows instantly that he is his mate. Once his mate has saved his life, smoking hot chemistry and scenes follow.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat by Lisa Oliver – I loved this paranormal shifter story about Omega on the run, Wyatt and mercenary for hire Alpha Stone. Stone was offended when he was hired to bring back a runaway omega. He considered it beneath his abilities, but he agrees to do it anyway. But nothing is as he was led to believe. He definitely didn’t expect to find his fated mate or that he would have his 4-year-old sister with him. Wyatt and his little sister Madison have been on the run from his uncle and pack alpha who wants to mate him even though they are related by blood, and his uncle already has three bond mates. He would rather die than go back to his uncle and Stone will do anything to protect his mate and new family. 5 OptimuMM’s

Break Free By Frey Ortega – I really liked this story about merman Yi and his human mate Alex. The storyline has a little mermaid feel to it that I really enjoyed. 4.5 OptimuMM’s
Yi is the prince of the sea and has a fascination with the land and its inhabitants but his overprotective mom the queen wants him to stay safe at home. Alex is an accountant that works for his father. He’s stressed and over worked and books a month long vacation in the Philippines at a 5-star resort on the beach. While exploring the scuba diving entrances at the resort, Alex comes across Yi, and the two hit it off. But Alex isn’t sure if it is worth the trouble to have a new relationship when he’s only going to be there for a month, and Yi has to sneak around his mom and risk her displeasure. I liked how the author ends the story with the line “The end—or rather, The Beginning.” I really hope it’s just the beginning because I would love to read more. The story ends with an HFN.

Mechanical Heart by Cree Storm – I liked this Sci-fi story, but it could have benefited from another round of editing or beta reading to help tighten up the story and fix the wrong verb tenses and the various random drops of info that wasn’t important to the story. I did like the chemistry between Valkin and Bryton, and the sex scenes were hot. The author also sometimes forgot about the major height difference between Valkin and Bryton. Valkin’s seven feet three inches and Bryton is only five feet two inches tall. So Bryton would have only come up to around Valkin’s waist so kissing while standing up would have been uncomfortable at best. I did find the storyline intriguing, so I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Which looks like it will be about Bryton’s best friend Marty and Valkin’s best friend Faruke. 3.5 OptimuMM’s

Cirque de Carnival by Maggie Walsh – I loved this paranormal shifter story about Cameron and Thorn. This is a fated mate book, and this book does the genre justice. Cam and his brother Jordan run away from home when their father finds out they are gay. They decide to find their mother who had left when Jordan was two. They know from their abusive, alcoholic father that she ran away to join the circus and they even know the name of the circus—they just have to find it. Thorn is the heir and nephew to the owner of the circus, and he’s protective of his circus family. So when he sees two young men lurking around the big tent, he detains them to find out why they are there. Imagine his surprise when he realized that Cam is his fated mate. 5 OptimuMM’s

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

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Review: “The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series” by Tory Temple

TITLE: The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series
AUTHOR: Tory Temple
SERIES: Oceanside Fire Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Return to Oceanside Fire, where the sizzling passion between men scorches everything they touch—especially each other. For firefighter Chris Matthews and instructor Morgan Daniels, it’s dislike at first sight—but that doesn’t mean there’s any relief from the heat building between them, and it only takes a spark to set the tinder ablaze.

Will Chris and Morgan go from enemies to lovers, or will they remain enemies with healthy libidos who stoke each other’s flames? Morgan is no fan of firefighters in general, and he finds Chris especially grating. But when they’re together, the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife—and there’s only one way to work it off. A battle of wills is sure to follow. Add in an age difference, and finding common ground will be an uphill battle. Even if they succeed in building a relationship, secrets and suspicion could reduce everything to ash.


Although this is an anthology of three books, I will review it as one.

For me, this was a really fast read. Why? Because it was super awesome…

Chris is a firefighter. He likes his job very much, but in order to maintain it, they have to do additional yearly courses to be updated about the risks they may face during an intervention.

Morgan teaches the firefighters course on sexual harassment, and the cocky attitude of Chris rubs him in a wrong way. He assigns Chris a homework assignment about the statistics on sexual harassment at workplace. Well, although Chris is very gathered and precise, he forgets his homework at home…but instead of being punished, after he let Morgan know about his opinion, Morgan seems to give him another chance. When Chris asked Morgan what’s his problem with Chris was, Morgan simple answer was “I hate firefighters.”

After the course is over, Chris hopes that he’ll never meet Morgan again, though he was aware of the strange connection between the two. Chris also likes to ride his motorcycle. When he meets up with his motorbike gang, he’s mortified to see that the new member is no one else than the unsupportable Morgan.

Morgan is the real jerk, in my honest opinion, and his behavior is not changing during the books. I found it difficult to believe how Chris is putting up with this man, but he falls for him. Morgan feels the same way, but he is more introverted. There is also an age gap between the two and Morgan very often treats Chris as a child even though Chris is in his thirties.

This three-book anthology guides us through their coming together. I liked it very much, even though I wanted to punch Morgan on his face. He has a reason why he behaves like he does, but the dude needs to learn how to let the past be the past. In my opinion, Chris is a saint, I wouldn’t have that much patience with Morgan…that said I think I’m more like Morgan and that is not a good thing…well, I need a “Chris” in my life…

My rating is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM!

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

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Review: “Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love” by Dale Cameron Lowry

TITLE: Falling Hard
AUTHOR: Dale Cameron Lowry
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Terrestrial Press
COVER ARTIST: Terrestrial Press
GENRE: Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 172 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 – e-book
  

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Nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book.

Part 1: Falling Fast

Warm up with whirlwind romances that last.

Mi Alma — Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
Loggerhead — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.
Reading the Signs — The only thing twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong expects when he enrolls in a summer school for linguists in New Mexico is to get more ideas for his master’s thesis in Dutch Sign Language. But then he meets the American sign language expert Alfonso Grossman, and sparks fly.

Part 2: Falling Fantastically

Because reality is overrated, these stories have elements of the fantastical.

Born of Fire — The fairies on Ireland’s north coast are notorious for kidnapping, and Aodhán of County Donegal has the scars to prove it. When the fairies abduct the handsome youth Cainnech, Aodhán seeks to free him—but risks losing his health and Cainnech in the process.
Ghost of a Chance — When shy Jeremy Anderson meets mysterious and dapper Frank at his spooky old university library, their connection is instant. Their romance waxes with the full moon—but just as quickly, Frank’s interest seems to wane. He insists that he loves spending time with Jeremy, but then why does he keep Jeremy at arm’s length?
Far From Home — Rajiv met and fell in love with his husband, Mateo, when they were both members of the scientific team responsible for transforming Mars into a home suitable for humans. But years into their shared mission, Rajiv is ordered back to Earth to restore the barren lands of the American Midwest. With a little help from technology, the two men find innovative ways to nurture their long-distance relationship while they wait to reunite.
Sweeter Than Blood — Keith was a vegan before a hot encounter with a stranger turned him into a vampire. In the year since, his sire, John, has tried to make up for the mistake by teaching Keith everything he knows about being a non-murderous bloodsucker. But temptation is strong in the form of Andres, a regular customer at the barbershop where Keith works. When Andres finally asks Keith on a date, the real danger begins.

Part 3: Falling Deep

The deeper the love, the hotter the intimacy.

Rough Love — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over?
Pacific Rimming — On Mike’s fortieth birthday, his husband, Ken, takes him on vacation to Vancouver Island in Western Canada to celebrate. While Mike mourns his loss of youth, Ken encourages him to recapture it by bedding a gorgeous twenty-something man they encounter while hiking in Pacific Rim National Park. A night of no-holds-barred passion among the three men reveals a sizzling chemistry, and when Mike and Ken return home they find themselves longing to reconnect with the young Jason. Can what started as a one-night stand transform into a threesome that lasts?


This review is a bit tough. There are nine stories in total in this collection. They run the gambit from little to no sex to multiple sex scenes. They run first-person to third-person depending on the story. I have to say they are all well written, great little reads! If you’re looking for a quick nighttime read before bed, this is a great choice. If you only have 20 minutes between errands or meetings, this one is easy to pick up and read one fast-paced story and go on with your day. Dale seems to lean toward the novelette and anthologies so keep that in mind!

Part 1: Falling Fast – short whirlwind stories

Mi Alma 4*s

I’m not normally a fan of foreign language in a book. However, this author did it right in our first story. When he used Spanish, he also added the verse in italic English! For a quick little journey, I was delighted with the characters and the ending. As the reader, you don’t have a chance to get too involved with Alma and Damian. However, I found myself awing by the end.

Loggerhead 4*s

Dale gives the reader a quick look at how Jake and Eric met and fell in love, then moves quickly to six years later. The characters are also in their mid-lives which is a treat from all the younger characters out there in the genre right now. I like these types of stories that move forward to let the reader know where they are now. Most of us can relate to the dulling of love because of work and life, but he shows the reader that people can reconnect and find that first spark again in this short. And who doesn’t love turtles?

Reading the signs 3.5*s

This quick story gives us a look into the lives of Theo De Jong of the Netherlands and Alfonso Grossman of the United States. Both are at the University of New Mexico, for an international linguistics summer program. Theo is doing a comparative study of the dialects for his master’s thesis. Theo has read Dr. Grossman’s work and has an intellectual crush on him that also turns to a physical crush when he meets him in person. They end up having a two-week affair where they do everything together. After going their separate ways, they keep in touch. Theo figured they would eventually drift apart and find other love interests, but after six months, Theo is still just as much in love with Alfonso as he ever was. And when he finds out that he will be doing his doctoral fellowship in Boston which is only 90 minutes away from where Alfonso lives, he has to find out how Alfonso feels about him and whether he wants to continue their relationship. The story was really cute, had some love scenes but nothing graphic. But the story left me wanting more of this cute couple. It felt like the first part of a series.

Part 2: Falling Fantastically – stories that don’t follow normal realities

Born on fire 4.5*s

This short story filled my love of Ireland and the fairy folk who were notorious for stealing infants and switching them with old Changelings. Aodhán, who was accidentally burned by his mother as an infant and Cainnech. Even with his disfigurement, Aodhán led a full life as a great basket weaver. While traveling to sell his baskets, he falls asleep by a fairy mound one Midsummer’s Eve and sees a handsome face in the full moon that he falls in love with. The fairy people also enchant him. After spending so much time with them, he forgets his human life and thinks he is a fairy. On Halloween, they decided to kidnap a handsome human to join them. They find the perfect specimen in Dublin and kidnap Cainnech who is battling the grippe. The fairies cure Cainnech’s illness the same way that they had cured Aodhán’s disfigurement. Seeing Cainnech brings back all of Aodhán’s memories of his human life and he doesn’t want to go with the fairies any longer. He takes them back to his family home, and the fairies take their revenge by taking back their cures. Aodhán nurses Cainnech back to health, but will Cainnech still love Aodhán when he sees the real him for the first time? I loved that this story had an epilog that tied up the story nicely. Really great short story.

Ghost of a Chance 4*s

Dale brings us a cute story about a ghost (Frank) whose unfinished business is growing old with a man he loves and a college senior (Jeremy). I thought it was a very original storyline that Frank’s body followed the moon’s cycle. When it’s full, then he has a warm solid body and when it wanes then so does the solidness of his body. However, strong emotion allows Frank to have a solid body for a while. Although he only has a warm body during the full moon. This story was a little more explicit which made me happy, and I enjoyed all of the flirting that Frank and Jeremy did. This story inspires happy feelings.

Far from Home 5*s

Wow. This short story is a keeper. It’s a story about Mateo and Rajiv. They’re married, but they have been terraforming two different planets for the last two years. Mateo is on Mars and Rajiv is on Earth. They were last physically together seven months ago for their two-week vacation. They have another month to go before another vacation and then one more year before they’re up for new assignments. They hope to get assigned to the same station. This short story is about one of their Skype calls that turns into a very explicit call. I loved the TTASS – or temperature, texture and shape simulator – and how it used a combination of probes and ultra-high-frequency sonar to map three-dimensional images similar to the nerve signals that dart from skin to brain when a person touches something. So it is like touching a live copy of his husband when they make love. So much better than the standard phone sex or skyping calls. Perfect short story to read just before bed.

Sweeter than Blood 3*s

This short story is about vampires. John accidentally changed Keith during a bathroom hook-up at a gay club, and now Keith doesn’t want anything sexual to do with his sire. Keith has a crush on one of his customers at the barbershop where he works. I enjoyed the chemistry between Keith and Andre during the erotic cut and shave that Andre came in for and their hook-up later that night. But the hook-up ended up going further than it was supposed to and Andre beat Keith off of him and kicked him out. Keith goes back to John and tells him what happened and then because the blood has made him horny hooks up with John. Although the story was explicit and kinky, I found Keith to be wishy-washy about what he wants and how easy he gives up on and replaces the person he had a crush on. Maybe if the story was longer, we could have seen if he was able to work things out with Andre or not. Not a bad story just not my favorite.

Part 3: Falling Deep – a little more in-depth stories

Rough Love 5*s

Yep, this short story hit the spot. I love when two men can communicate what they want in a relationship, and that’s what Blake and Michael do. They communicate when Michael is unhappy with their sex life and finds that Blake has been holding back for doing what he would normally do which is give it to the guy hard and rough. He was under the mistaken impression that making love had to be slow and gentle. This story is definitely explicit and had me squirming. I will definitely be reading this college story again.

Pacific Rimming 5*s

Yep, this one is also a keeper. Mike and Ken are married and on vacation on Vancouver Island to celebrate Mike’s 40th birthday. Ken is Deaf and Mike is the hearing child of Deaf parents. Ken and Mike occasionally bring a third to the bedroom since Ken is a top only and Mike likes to do both. They meet Jason while out bird watching, and Ken and Mike immediately feel an attraction to Jason. But he runs off before they can exchange numbers. They end up running into each other on the beach later and decide to meet later that night. After a very explicit and hot night, Jason has to leave the next day. They exchange numbers for keeping in touch and realizing they are both from Chicago. They continue to date, and finally, after a year of being together, they end up back on Vancouver Island for a commitment ceremony of their own. I loved how balanced the relationship was and how Mike and Ken loved Jason just as much as they loved each other.

*** 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: “Sexy To Go Gay Romance” by Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea …

TITLE: Sexy To Go Gay Romance
                                            AUTHOR: Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea, Eva Lefoy, Dale Lowry, Jodi Payne, Shiloh Saddler, Sam Thorne, and A.E. Wasp
SERIES: Sexy To Go
PUBLISHER: Sexy To Go
COVER ARTIST: Sexy To Go
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

9 Hot MM stories sexy enough to make your blood sing. Find shifters, hunky construction men, mythological heroes and everyday lovers who scorch the sheets with their boy on boy, man on man lovin’. From honey-mooning couples to intense instant hookups, these same-sex couples remind us that love is always worth fighting for, no matter what the cost.

Matzo Ball by Avery Duran

When Jacob’s outgoing best friend talks him into attending a party for Jewish singles, neither man realizes that it’s not a gay event. Things go from bad to worse when Jacob’s friend doesn’t show up. The night turns around when Jacob befriends Ian, a sexy bartender. After a spectacular kiss good night, they go their separate ways. But Jacob can’t forget the chemistry he shared with Ian, and hungers for more. In a city the size of New York, will these men be able to find their way back to each other?

Styx & Stone by Leigh Ellwood

What’s the afterlife really like? Charon the ferryman knows the River Styx like the back of his hand, and he enjoys giving newly departed Stone the full tour.

First Swallow of Spring by Asta Idonea

The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year, where he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the four rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.

How Hercules Got His Bruise by Eva Lefoy

Hercules might have completed his 12 labors and become immortal, but he’s still not out to himself. Until he meets Sisyphus, a man who turns him on in ways not even a goddess can compete with. When Zeus threatens to destroy their new bond, Hercules must again rise to the challenge, this time to protect his right to love a man.

Loggerhead by Dale Lowry

Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles – and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.

Handyman by Jodi Payne

Danny is haunted by memories of his ex, Peter, who moved out six months ago. He recognizes just how bad off he is when he wakes up to a flood in his condo, a problem Peter would have adeptly handled. Danny can’t find the insurance paperwork, he doesn’t know who he should call first, and he’s about ready to strangle his stoner neighbors. His day starts looking up, though, when the workmen arrive to deal with the water, replace his breaker box and demolish the soaked ceiling. Ken, a handyman, shows up to handle the drywall, but can Danny handle Ken?

Clipped Wings by Shiloh Saddler

When a male swan shifter is captured by a cruel master he develops feelings for another male slave. The master has plans for the shifter that go against every fiber of his being. Will the two men bow down to their station in life or take flight to keep their love alive?

Rebuilding the Future by Sam Thorne

Allen’s peace has been seriously disturbed. As the shy architect takes on the task of extending the home he inherited from his late aunt, his life becomes a battle. The building work is going fine, but he can barely contain his one-way lust for sexy foreman Declan, who’s a one-man generator of testosterone and mixed messages. As the build completion approaches, Allen’s ready to do just about anything to keep Declan around a little longer…

Man in the Mirror by A.E. Wasp

A companion story to the Paper Hearts novel, Man in the Mirror is the first short in a new erotic series set in the world of the Veterans Affairs books. Benny hasn’t let Mikey see him naked in a week, will barely let Mikey touch him. Mikey’s going to get to the bottom of the issue if it takes all night.


This is a true gay romance anthology. Not only do you get a good variety of writers, but also a unique blend of tropes. With that many choices, it is easy to see which writers you’ll want to read more of.
For me, the first two fall into the needs more category. I enjoyed Avery Duran’s Matzo Ball and the main characters Jacob and Ian. It was a good short but would have been a great novella. Styx and Stone by Leigh Ellwood definitely needed to be more. I thoroughly enjoyed the world she created but because of the details needed, Cheron and Stone took a back seat.
Asta Idonea’s First Swallow of Spring was a sweet short story. I’d love to see this author turn it into a series. You can’t go wrong with the fae.
I love stories about the Gods, and Eva Lefoy delivered beautifully with How Hercules Got His Bruise. It’s a great blend of the myth with a romantic spin. I’d love more myth based stories from her.
Loggerhead by Dale Lowry is such a sweet romance. Eric and Jake remind us that life may get busy, but we must take the time for each other. By slowing down and reconnecting, they remember what they love the most.
Full on steam with a sweet side, Handyman by Jodi Payne reminds us why we enjoy reading romance. Danny and Ken show that while they both may have been hurt, they can take the chance to try again. Plus, the amazing sex doesn’t hurt either.
For those who like historicals with a twist, Shiloh Saddler’s Clipped Wings is just for you. While I’m not big on historicals, I did like the writer’s concepts.
I loved Rebuilding The Future by Sam Thorne. The writer’s style and balance were highly enjoyable. Even though it was a short story, you still got a slow burn with angst built into a hot conclusion. Not to mention a very adorable boy named Charlie and the most unpleasant twin sister. I am definitely going to look for more by this author.
Ending out this set is a little catch-up moment by A.E. Wasp. Man In the Mirror takes place after her Paper Hearts novel. I love when authors do this. It gives us a chance to reconnect with characters we fell in love with.

Overall, I find these anthologies a great way for readers to discover new authors and
learn a little about their tastes as well. I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***The ARC was provided by Sexy To Go. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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