Review: Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry

adultingReviewed by Janell

This is the story of Nick’s summer after high school graduation. The POV, while third person, is very deep, so you really get inside the brain of a guy who just isn’t ready to be an adult. Sometimes I really felt for him, but other times I really felt like shouting, “Dude, grow up!” Does this mean I’m old and out of touch? Perhaps.

Nick’s dad got him a summer office job at a construction company so that he can learn responsibility. Instead, Nick practices with the stapler.

His record is thirty-eight staples on one thing. Then he picked thirty-seven of them out again because he remembered he was supposed to be professional. Adulting is hard. The struggle is real.

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Review: The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

soldiers-scoundrelReviewed by Janell

I bought this book because Tessa Dare told me to. I’ve read very few male/male historicals, and I think that’s because the necessity of hiding their relationship makes me sad. It’s hard for them to carve out a happy ending. Then again, that’s what brings so much drama. Anyway, to get to the point: I loved this book. [Read more…]

Review: Overexposed by Megan Erickson

overexposedReview by Janell

I’ve mainly enjoyed this New Adult male/male series , but I admit that I was excited about this story in particular because the characters meet while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I live in the Northwest, and had just read a memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada and passes about fifty miles from my backyard. I was all, “Thru-hiking stories! Endurance and pain! Yes! Maybe I’ll finally read Wild!” [Read more…]

Review: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

counterbalanceReviewed by Jen

This is the second time I’ve been reeled in by a blurb on an Aidan Wayne story. It’s the second time I was totally bummed to realize that it was only a novella instead of a full length story. And it’s the second time the two heroes don’t really seal the deal on page.

But. Just like with the first novella I read from this author, both heroes are sweet and likeable. They’re an unlikely pairing, but they fit. They fill a void in one another, and because of that –and because of their vulnerabilities– it’s so very easy to root for their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

his royal favoriteReview by Janell

This is the conclusion to His Royal Secret, which came out a few months ago. This review will contain some spoilers for the first book, because plot progression, so if you’re interested at all in the tale of a gay Prince of Wales, go read the other book first! Or not, I can’t force you!

The first book ended with James deciding to come out to the country, and Ben deciding to come out as James’s partner. This book begins right after, with James working with his magical assistant Kimberly to create the perfect speech. Ben has strategy meetings of his own, and it’s decided to have Ben move in with James for a while, so that he can benefit from the privacy and security. [Read more…]

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

DESIGNED BY TOJ PUBLISHING SERVICES WWW.TOJPUBLISHING.COMReviewed by Janell

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…]