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The Case of the Insufferable Slave by Gillian St. Kevern

The Case of the Insufferable Slave

The Case of the Insufferable Slave by Gillian St. Kevern

Published by: Goodreads M/M Romance Group on June 25, 2014
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

In an alternate universe where the United States remains split between the North and the South, Private Detective Harry Flint is finally setting out on his own thanks to his benefactor, a major crime boss whose life he saved. Flint already feels as though he has taken more than he is comfortable with when a young slave, Friday, arrives at his doorstep as a “gift”. Flint has no intention of keeping Friday, but he also knows that he needs to tread lightly–the key word in crime boss is crime, after all. And when a case falls in Flint’s lap that Friday might be connected to, he finds even more reason to keep him close. The layers of danger that lurk for both of them are deeper and more complex than either could have imagined…and are just enough to draw them together in unexpected ways as well.

I was not quite sure what to think when I started this story, but I found myself pleasantly surprised as I worked my way through it. It reads like a classic detective story, and the images it painted in my mind were like a good old sepia caper. The twists and turns will keep you guessing, and the dynamic that builds between Flint and Friday pulls readers on their journey–understanding both sides of their situation.

Scrum by P.D. Singer

Scrum

Scrum by P.D. Singer

Published by: Goodreads M/M Romance Group on August 16, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Robin is not what one would call a rugby fan. But when his friend Sebastian drags him out and he sees the new player, Yves, Robin is totally in love with the game. Or, at least, the player. Their eyes seem to meet often, and Yves is all smiles. Which leaves Robin wondering if that smile is specifically for him or if it’s all in his head. And he really, really hopes it’s not all in his head…

This is an entertaining short story that would certainly hit the spot for those who like the athlete-fan romance. There are all of the elements that you might expect. And then there are a couple of unexpected twists that are likely to leave readers wanting more…

Lazy Sundays by K-lee Klein

Lazy Sundays

Lazy Sundays by K-lee Klein

Published by: Goodreads M/M Romance Group on July 3, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Scott can hardly believe he’s landed Devon. Devon’s edgy and rugged, sporting long hair and tattoos. Scott, in contrast, is geeky, straight-laced, and clean-cut. He’s an accountant, and he lives many of the stereotypes. So when Devon turns into more than just a one-time thing, Scott can’t help his surprise. The two fall into a routine. Devon shows up on Saturday nights, and they spend all day Sunday together. Devon’s company feels right to Scott, and the time they spend in bed feels even better. But Scott realizes something after several weeks–they never go out. And the one time they did, Devon cut the date short and they headed home. Already insecure about being with Devon, Scott can’t help thinking that Devon is hiding something. And the truth is that he is. But it’s nothing like what Scott expects.

This novella is a short and engaging read. Although it jumps in after Scott and Devon have started their relationship, there’s no problem being right there with them. And the author gets us into Scott’s head right away. Early on, we know of his insecurities and we know his reservations. The story is all from Scott’s perspective, so we, as readers, know just as much about Devon as the character does. And that makes it even easier to understand where Scott is coming from. (Though I found that I still wanted to shake some sense into him more than once.)

The theme of trust–acting because of insecurities and misunderstandings–is strong here. Forgiveness and admitting to one’s mistakes also end up at the center. While none of these themes are particularly surprising in a romance story, the strong writing makes them resonate with the reader. Making something expected feel unexpected is a hallmark of good writing. And you’ll find good writing here.

Nightjar by Gabbo De La Parra

Nightjar

Book Info

Title: Nightjar
Author: Gabbo De La Parra
Published: June 6, 2015
Pages: 108
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Bracken, the leader and great warrior of Lakoneh, is in trouble. The war between Lakoneh and Munus has been taxing, but has now come to an abrupt end with Bracken’s defeat and capture. And as custom dictates, Bracken will now become part of the Kept, a male harem belonging to Adder, King of Munus. It’s not something Bracken is very excited about, but the rules of war are rules that any honorable warrior and leader will follow. Despite the circumstances, Bracken and Adder are actually afforded an opportunity to get to know each other that may help them understand the truth of why their peoples went to war in the first place. And they just might discover something else in each other at the same time.

There are definitely some unexpected twists and turns in this story. There are forces outside of these two leaders that have manipulated things to get them into the situation in which they now find themselves. And those forces might not be planning to stop, not quite satisfied with where things are. And the fantasy elements of this story and the history of the world that comes through as the plot goes on certainly add to this well-developed story.

Content warning: dubious consent

Catalina Blues by Marlo York

Catalina Blues

Book Info

Title: Catalina Blues
Author: Marlo York
Published: November 19, 2015
Pages: 86
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Leonard “Leon” Dobson is a US Navy sailor during World War II. He is good at his job, and he manages to hide a great secret quite well. During an allied attack on a Japanese fort, a plane is shot down, and Leon jumps into the water to save the pilot. Not quite understanding Nikifor Jelen when he says his name, Leon nicknames him “Kip” and brings him to safety. Following the battle, the crew lands on an island while they regroup and prepare for the next stage of the journey. It’s during this time that Kip and Leon begin to realize they might share a similar great secret. But Kip is engaged, and Lucy is waiting for him at home. So while they acknowledge a mutual attraction, it looks like it can’t be anything more than a secret rendezvous or two until they get home.

I do enjoy historical romance, and this one has a very well-developed and believable story. I appreciate the care that the author took in developing everything here. The cast of supporting characters really help to bring the world to life, and the way the relationship develops is realistic and believable. While there are some moments when things move a bit slow, it all works toward the somewhat surprising conclusion.

Token of Hope by Azalea Moone

Token of Hope

Book Info

Title: Token of Hope
Author: Azalea Moone
Published: June 30, 2015
Pages: 76
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Jac and Azai are princes of neighboring countries. They secretly meet throughout their youth for annual “battles” though they daren’t call each other a friend. Jac knows that when he becomes king, he will lead his kingdom to glory. Part of that will mean conquering Azai’s land. When that day comes, Jac takes Azai prisoner and is set to have Azai executed. But something doesn’t seem right, and he doesn’t quite understand what’s stopping him from going through with it. He should be happy about his victory, but there’s something pulling at him in some unexpected ways. But when the two are forced to unite against a common enemy, they both might have to face the feelings they both harbor…

This is short, cute, and entertaining. It doesn’t feel rushed, but there is no sense of wasted time either. If you’re looking for a unique romantic fantasy story, this will likely tickle your fancy.

The East Wind and the Rootless Cypress by Elyse Night

The East Wind and the Rootless Cypress

Book Info

Title: The East Wind and the Rootless Cypress
Author: Elyse Night
Published: June 21, 2015
Pages: 23
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Hyacinthe (Cin) is a Sprit Walker, one who communicates with the departed and helps bring them over to the other side. He has escaped the massacre of his people by a group of Necromancers, those who try to control and use the spirits of those who have passed. Still on the run, Cin makes for a safe haven, a place where he won’t be followed. But along the way, he crosses paths with Maelgwyn, the leader of a group of eagle shifters, who is leading his own battle and has no love for Spirit Walkers. But perhaps their meeting wasn’t entirely by chance…

This is on the short side, and there’s quite a bit here, but it’s fun, original, and engaging. The romance isn’t heavily threaded throughout, but I don’t think it necessarily needs to be. Sometimes shared experiences and curiosity are enough to make a spark of attraction build to a light glow. I certainly would love to see more of this world and these characters. And when I can say that–while still feeling like I got a complete story–that’s always a good thing in my book.

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Shannon M. Kirkland

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Book Info

Title: Rock, Paper, Scissors
Author: Shannon M. Kirkland
Published: June 14, 2015
Pages: 54
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

How can you not want to pick up a book prompted by the following:

Dear Author,
My mother left when I was a few days old, it was only daddy and me for years. Then he met and fell in love with Jim*. It wasn’t easy; there weren’t many families like ours back then. All of the hardships were worth it though, because today is the day I’m officiating the marriage of the two men I called my dads.

Rock, Paper, Scissors examines the journey of a single father who expects finding love will be  a challenge and the building of a family with someone he falls for and his somewhat precocious but very accepting son. It’s not easy for them, of course. There are external and familial pressures that strain the bonds of their little family. But there’s something about love that finds a way, even when we don’t expect to make it through.

This is a shorter read, but it’s engaging and enjoyable.

 

The World in His Eyes by A.J. Thomas

The World in His Eyes

Book Info

Title: The World in His Eyes
Author: A.J. Thomas
Published: August 5, 2015
Pages: 128
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Larry Myers is a busy guy–he’s completing a residency in emergency medicine–with no time to date. He’s content to hook up with guys he finds on Grindr, appreciating that there are no strings. But when he comes across a photo that moves him–Hazel Eyes–he finds himself compelled to want something more. The owner of those hazel eyes, Brandon Alcott, isn’t any less busy with work himself. A programmer at a software company, he lives in his father’s shadow and needs to work twice as hard as everyone else to be taken seriously. He agrees to meet Larry, expecting another random Grindr hookup, but can’t help acknowledging that Larry might be right about something more. It’s never as simple as just wanting it, though. Work isn’t about to slow down for either of them. And Larry isn’t out to his mother, who is living with cancer in a nursing home, adding a whole extra layer of complication to anything that might happen between the two of them. Can they make it work? And is a spark of connection worth the effort to see if it can turn into more of a flame?

These two guys…I don’t even know where to begin. There’s just something about them that I found instantly endearing. The writing here comes across as authentic, and it’s very easy to get immersed in their story. They go through quite a bit in a short amount of time, but it serves to help them really understand what they want out of life and from each other.

This is the first I’ve read by A.J. Thomas, but I definitely foresee myself picking up more if this is any indication of what to expect…

Sailor Boys by Anthony McDonald

17859089Title: Sailor Boys
Author: Anthony McDonald
Published: April 28, 2013
Pages: 26
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Author Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Will & Harry met 50 years ago when they were both sailors in the British Navy, working on different ships.  At the end of their service, they met up again and have shared a very interesting life together with ups and downs and few meanders to the side as well.  Will narrates this reminiscent journey through their past in what ends up as a sweet and romantic tale.  Short, sweet, and interesting, for sure.