Review: “And After Death” by Nero Seal

TITLE: And After Death
AUTHOR: Nero Seal
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Nero Seal
GENRE: Dark, Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: NO
LENGTH: 42 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2016
PRICE: $0.99 -e-book
   

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The world has died in 2025. The armies of zombies are tracing streets in the urge to satisfy the blood thirst. The probably last survivor in the whole world enters the abandoned house where finds the diary. The diary that reveals the horrible story of love and death, the last kindness in the world.

This story may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers.


I had a really hard time writing this review, and I had an even harder time after reading the other reviews that are about it. So, I will try to articulate what I did and didn’t like about And After Death.

The book was beautifully written and edited and even though it’s only 42 pages, the author has a way of drawing you in and making you feel like you are there experiencing what’s happening with the characters. The beginning of the story has our main character (sorry, I don’t know his name, and I guess, it really doesn’t matter, since this book is told in first person point of view) the last remaining survivor of the zombie apocalypse, trying to find food, water, and shelter for the night. He finds an abandoned house that has potential and checks it for zombies. The house seems to be empty, and although it has some food, it doesn’t have any running water. He does see a well out in the middle of the backyard and braves it to get some water. While checking out the house, he finds a diary and decides to pass the time by reading it.

I absolutely loved the diary entries, and they were told in a way that you couldn’t identify whether the person writing the diary was a male or a female. And I have to admit that I thought the writer was female which I had no problem with because the love that you could feel between the two people in the diary is what everybody is looking for. They were soul mates, and I loved it. I felt their love, and their heartache and I cried at least three times reading it. I loved the writer’s last request to put their loved one out of his misery because the writer wasn’t able to kill his zombie husband.

I even liked the main character up until this part. But when he went to fulfill the last request because he was moved by the story also, I just couldn’t handle the way that he reacted. I am sorry but his reaction to finding out that the couple was gay ruined the book for me. It made me feel like the love that the two people had for each other was invalidated because they were gay. Because you know that if the couple had been straight, he would have honored the last request. If it had been a paperback, I would have torn out the pages and rewritten the book in my mind. The book could have had a beautiful ending to the story, and so I can’t figure out why the author went the route that he did unless he was just going for a shocked reaction. Well, he got it. But now I am not sure if I am even willing to try and read any more of his work for fear that they will affect me as strongly.

Like I said I loved the book up until the last 10%, but that last bit just killed me. I sincerely hope that the main character ends up getting eaten by a zombie gay pride parade. That would be a fitting end for such a bigoted man.

***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: “Shadow Fray” by Bradley Lloyd

TITLE: Shadow Fray
AUTHOR: Bradley Lloyd
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Dystopian
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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Family is worth fighting for—and family doesn’t always mean blood.

No one knows what calamity poisoned the earth and decimated the human population, but living close to the toxic ground means illness and death. Justin is determined to keep his twin sister and younger brother from that fate—no matter what he has to do. To earn enough to keep his family safe in a high-rise, Justin enlists in a deadly sport called Shadow Fray. He quickly finds himself in over his head, especially when he is scheduled to face the most dangerous player.

Hale—who competes as Black Jim—knows he won’t be on top forever, despite his skills. He fights for a better life for his daughter, but his time is running out as Shadow Fray becomes increasingly lethal. Something about the newest fighter intrigues him, but does he dare defy his masters to investigate? Justin and Hale will clash in the ring, while beyond it the powerful elite and the crumbling world seem determined to keep them apart. If they can find common ground, they might have a chance to fight for their futures.


I remember my first dystopian very clearly. Something about a not so bright future always fascinated me. It’s weird, right? I know…

With this book, it wasn’t different either.

Bradley Lloyd’s dystopia is a nuclear-bacterial dystopia. We don’t learn so much about why we—the human race—earth ends up in the way it ends up.
The world after a nuclear-bacterial disaster is infertile. Girls are lacking and a new race Uni is born. No one lives anymore on the ground level, and those who do, have a short life. The social class is measured in how high you live. The higher you live, the richer you are. Women learned to fight to protect themselves. The UNI’s are born half male—half female and infertile.

Justin, his twin sister (fertile) and his small brother, Charlie leaves at 14th floor (not 13th, 14th). There is an underground fight club getting more and more popular called Shadow Fray. No one knows who’s behind this organization, they just call, between themselves, as Shadow Masters. Justin’s handler (now dead) organized a fight for him that ends up differently. He won though, and he got popular.
Justin has a crush. But it’s a secret. Being gay in this society is a taboo, although the lack of woman is creating more man-on-man relationships. But nobody acknowledges it, no one talks about it. Justin’s crush is another Shadow Fray fighter, Black Jim. He doesn’t wear a mask. But from his neck up, when Black Jim enters the arena, is smeared with black oil. Unrecognizable. The man is fierce, agile and unbeatable.

When Hale aka Black Jim is paired up with this new star named The Night Visitor everything changes. He studied this new opponent by watching the kid’s previous performances, again and again. The fight ended up in a way that changed the game. The Visitor fascinates him, he can’t get the boy out of his mind, and that’ when he decides to find out who is behind the black mask, and what’s the reason of fear in the kid’s eyes?

The book is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM. If you are a dystopia fan, I highly recommend you read this book!

P.S.
One of the most genuine sex scene I ever read in MM book!

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

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Review: “Gargoyle Rising” by : Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Gargoyle Rising
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Chronicles of an Earned
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  375 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $11.25 –paperback
  

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At age eleven, Meino buried his dad next to where they had buried his mom less than six months earlier. All alone in the world, he seeks out the Gargoyles and uses his dad’s spell book to bring one to life. But he doesn’t understand the magic he’s using, and he can’t finish the spell. For the next twelve years, his dreams are haunted by the lonely cries of the Gargoyle. As an adult, Meino tries the spell again to get rid of the nightmares. This time it works—but once the magic is alive, it attracts the attention of the New Knight Templars, who want to destroy the Gargoyle.

Nathan and Lucien have settled into a routine at the school where Nathan is studying to be able to help the Order. Just as life is calming down, it all takes a turn. News that a protégé is in danger and that Nathan’s beloved Professor Nigel Gershman has died is just the beginning. Once again, Nathan and Lucien are moved about to assist the Order, and new magic brings out a hidden enemy.


levilogooptimummBest series ever!!!

I’m so in love with this series. I have now words for what Meraki is doing with this series…

For all those who haven’t read the previous ones, you are missing out big time.

The series is not a typical romantic series, there is romance mind you, and hot gay sex too, but the main thing, or maybe it’s just for me, is the occult world.

I know that Meraki has invested 8 years of research into this series, but how much is fiction and how much are facts…well, I think Meraki’s keeping us guessing.

During this series, we meet a lot of paranormal beings. The main entities, as we can learn from series title, are Earned. An Earned is a demigod who was created to serve mankind. Although in this book they are not so much involved.

In “Gargoyle Rising”, we will meet Nathan and his shadow Lucien again. We will find out that Nathan makes progress to find out about the curse that bounds Lucien into the shadow. The book happens in parallel with the previous books of the series. It was nice experiencing it again.

In the previous books, we’ve met Rebecca a girl who was hitting on Alex, we knew almost nothing about her, but now…she is working for the New Knight Templars. Man, the brainwashing! Meraki did an extremely nice job describing how the religious fanaticism makes you blind to the reality.

But the book is mostly about Meino. He is an auto mechanic, living in Germany. When he was 11, he lost both his parents, but he can’t forget the gargoyles from a crypt where his father used to bring him to play. After the loss of his father, Meino finds a book and tries to resurrect a gargoyle so he’s not alone anymore. Well, nothing happens. But the gargoyle haunts his dreams, and after 15 years when Meino finds the missing piece of the spell, Buckheart the Gargoyle shows up on his balcony. And then when their story starts…

We will learn more about Templars and hidden societies in Europe. Although the book is a fiction, I got the feeling that Meraki let us in, into knowledge about the occult societies. To believe it or not it’s all up to you …

5 amazing OptimuMM!

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

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Review: “Breaking With His Past” by James Lee Hard

TITLE: Breaking With His Past
AUTHOR: James Lee Hard
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: James Lee Hard
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 194 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 e-book / $8.99 -paperback
  

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After serving five years in jail, Logan is ready to start over and forget all about his past. But things are not that easy, especially when people can’t see past the ex-convict, and getting a job is harder than ever.
Meanwhile, Kyle has finally come to terms with his own sexuality and does the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life: getting a divorce from his wife, Jessica, with whom he has a toddler named Ryan. He leaves both behind in a bid to rebuild his life and to become the father he dreams of being to his son.
It’s in this hurricane of life-changing events that Logan and Kyle end up meeting each other by chance in a small town far away from their previous lives. The spark between them is immediate and strong, but they both try to fight it, coming up with excuses not to pursue it.
While their friendship evolves, they find themselves even more attracted to each other. But will Logan trust he can find love with another man while his past is still so present? And is Kyle ready to invest in his first gay relationship at the same time as he’s fighting for his son’s custody?
Set in a small town with quirky characters and all the peculiarities that only a small town can offer, Logan and Kyle embark on a journey that could change their lives forever. But will they feel free to follow through?
WARNING
This book contains explicit sexual scenes as well as some graphic language. It is intended for a mature, adult audience.


I have become such a fan of James Lee Hard. This is a story that he has written so beautifully about real life stuff. How we all make poor decisions and some worse than others. How there are consequences for our choices, some more severe than others. How, even though we make mistakes, we don’t have to pay for them the rest of lives.

Logan is one of these people. He served five years in jail for a mistake. He has served his time and just wants to start over, but people can’t seem to see past the convict. Finally, he lands a job and is very grateful for it. Logan is moving forward with his life with work, his probation, and everyday living. Logan isn’t even thinking about love. That is until Kyle walks into his work one day.

Kyle has just come out to his ex-wife, Jessica. Kyle has come to terms with himself and his sexuality, He decides to move away from his ex-wife and his young son, Ryan. He’s still very involved with Ryan and raising him. Kyle wants work done on the house he just bought, so he goes to hire someone to do the work. He walks in and sees Logan. Both men are breathless and have a hard time speaking. I found myself holding my breath when they first set eyes on each other.

The author has this amazing ability to make me feel the love these two share and all the fears that come with it. Logan falls in love with the toddler while he and Kyle fall deeply in love.

So, what can go wrong? What’s a good relationship without trials and tribulations? Why do we have to be self-destructing to ourselves and not trust? These are just some of the questions I asked myself about these guys while reading.

This is a wonderful read about discovery, parenthood and love. I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.

***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
  

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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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