Review: Showing Him the Ropes by Christa Tomlinson

showing him the ropesReviewed by Jen

I generally enjoy a burly, strong, stoic hero and not only did I find one here, it’s in context of a closeted pro-wrestler who is finally about to find love.

Chance is has built his life around his career in the ring. He doesn’t have the time or inclination to find a relationship –and rarely even picks up a one-night stand on the road. Coming out could be disastrous for his reputation and it’s never been worth the risk. Until Devin enters the picture. [Read more…]

Review: Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

rock n soulReview by Janell

A while back, I reviewed an asexual male/male romance. What could possibly compete with that? A male/male bellboy plus a rock star GHOST! That’s right. A real, live — I mean dead — ghost. Unfortunately there was no Patrick Swayze-type ghostly possession, but the characters do their best with what they have. [Read more…]

Review: His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

his royal secretReviewed by Janell

What if the Prince of Wales were gay? In this imaginary reality, the king is old, and James, his grandson, is heir to the throne because his father died in a plane crash. James is twenty-nine, and he’s been fake-dating his friend Cassandra for years. Cassandra is a saint, because she occasionally dates other men for real, then gets caught and slayed by the press, but she sticks by James.

Ben is a reporter currently stationed in South Africa. He doesn’t like commitment — not to a man, not to a city, not to furniture. He gets an assignment to cover a royal visit to a remote lodge in Kenya. During a rainstorm, Ben opens his private bungalow to a stranger with a broken umbrella who turns out to be the very prince he’s meant to write about. Over a tense game of chess (aren’t all chess games in novels tense?), secrets are revealed. At the end, Ben makes his move, and James allows it. Cue bungalow sex. [Read more…]

Review: His Heart’s Revenge by Jenny Holiday


This is the latest in Jenny Holiday’s series about not-quite-billionaires working in not-quite-the-tallest building in Toronto, and it’s her first male-male romance. In her previous books, the stoic businessman was toppled by a woman he didn’t expect. Here, two bankers fight over a client while also fighting their attraction.

Alex and Cary met at summer camp. For several years they were unlikely summer friends; Cary was the popular athlete while Alex was the poor nerd. Then, when they were sixteen, there was a moment of wonder followed by a moment of betrayal, and they’ve been distant ever since. [Read more…]

Review: All the Wrong Places by Ann Gallagher

all the wrong placesReviewed by Janell

You guys! An asexual Muslim single father meets a semi-pro skater dude, and there are no throbbing cocks, and it was strange yet magical and I totally enjoyed it. A male/male romance without sex, does it even count?

Brennan just had his third girlfriend cheat on him, and he’s starting to think that he needs help in the sex department. There’s a sex shop down the street from the skateboard shop where he works, so he stops in. Zafir works behind the counter, and he asks Brennan increasingly personal and awkward questions, leading up to the big one: might Brennan be asexual?

Brennan spends a lot of time thinking about it. He researches online and asks Zafir a lot of questions. He realizes that, while he has enjoyed sex with his girlfriends, he’s never initiated it or chased it. He’s personally not interested. No wonder all the high school girls thought he was such a great cuddler. [Read more…]

Review: Strong Medicine by JK Hogan

strong medicineReviewed by Jen

If you’re looking for a light, sweet romance, this is definitely not the book for you. But if you can handle a story that’s a bit darker…  a story with a hero who is deeply damaged and finally given a lifeline… If you want a book that’s truly compelling — well, clear your schedule and start reading. Once you get a few chapters in, this story won’t let you go.

The majority of this story takes place inside of the walls of a psychiatric facility. Cameron is there, working as part of a DUI sentence. The former child-star and pop group frontman must get substance abuse counseling, while serving as volunteer helping other patients. Folks are there for a variety of reasons, from eating disorders to depression to PTSD. But one man, Jonah, is not like the others. He’s there voluntarily, and he’s in and out of the facility twice every year. [Read more…]

Review: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

in the middle of somewhereReviewed by Janell

This is a long, languid romance between Daniel, the tattooed professor dropped in the middle of Michigan, and Rex, the quiet small-town carpenter. It’s all told from Daniel’s POV, and he is a jumble of nerves, caffeine, foul language, and insecurity. He’s freaking adorable, like if Tim Federle went into academia instead of Broadway. This review could just be quotes and you would all buy the book immediately.

Daniel grew up poor, one of five sons of a mechanic. With encouragement from his professors, he made it all the way to a PhD, but his family is not impressed. He interviews for a job at a small private college in Michigan, and meets Rex after crashing his rental car. He thinks Rex is straight. [Read more…]

Review: Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

loud and clearReviewed by Jen

If you’re looking for a short and sweet little m/m romance, this one fits the bill. It features two men who are each struggling with their own disabilities, yet somehow manage to make an unlikely connection with one another. I enjoy stories where the hero has odds to overcome, and here, the issues are exponential, because of what these men are struggling with: one can barely speak, due to a terrible stutter, while the other can’t read, because of major dyslexia. Communication is a serious challenge, yet somehow, these two make it work. [Read more…]

Review: Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

shatterReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, I wasn’t stoked about reading Snow’s book.  I’m really not big on rough sex or dark heroes with a penchant for pain. I enjoyed the first book in this series, though, and I’ve never been disappointed by Jocelynn Drake, so I decided to try it anyway. And I’m glad I did. Because this book didn’t cross the lines I thought it would and the authors actually turned my expectations on their ear. So… yay. [Read more…]

Joint Review: A Gentleman’s Position by KJ Charles

gentlemans positionReviewed by Jen & Janell

Janell: This is the third in a historical m/m series. I read the first one and enjoyed it. I did not read the second book because, after seeing the characters set up and knowing that their relationship leaned toward BDSM, I figured it wasn’t for me. This book picks up after the events of the second, and I didn’t feel lost at all. You might have trouble keeping all the characters straight if you started with this book, but you could get by.

Jen: When I picked up this book, I had no idea it was the third story in a trilogy. But even if I did, I might have picked it up anyway, because it features one of my very favorite tropes: a historical where one person is much lower than the other in social station. Here, the romance is doubly forbidden, because it involves a m/m pairing in the 1800s –and because it involves a lord and his valet. Yum. [Read more…]