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Soldier Mine by Amber Kell

Soldier Mine

Soldier Mine by Amber Kell

Series: The Thresl Chronicles, Book 1
Published by: Total-E-Bound on March 11, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

During an attack by a group of colleagues, Kreslan Piers is saved by an unlikely hero. And he learns that his life changed in that moment. The Thresl–a shape-shifting companion creature–has imprinted on Kres, and that is something that cannot be undone. A soldier like him wouldn’t normally have a Thresl companion, so he’s sent off to learn more about his new relationship and how to connect with his likely new beau. But Kres’s Thresl is no ordinary Thresl. Vohne is actually royalty. And he has memories of past lives in which he and Kres keep finding each each other, and he believes that destiny has a part to play in their lives. But there are challenges that come with being royal and having power–challenges that may not only threaten Kres and Vohne’s relationship but also their lives…

This is an interesting and relatively quick read. As a reader, I was quickly immersed in the world and never left it until I finished the book. It’s a good choice for fans of science fiction, romance, and stories of a hint of mystery and betrayal.

Chasing the King of the Mountains by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes


Chasing the King of the Mountains

Chasing the King of the Mountains by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

Series: International Men of Sports, Book 2
Published by: Total-E-Bound on June 7, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Pascal Durant’s dream has been to win the polka dot jersey for best performance in the mountains in the Tour de France. And he’s on track to finally win it. Until a car accident knocks him of course and takes him out of the running. But he has one more race in him, and he plans to give it one more chance before he retires.

Laurent Desrochers is a successful reporter and Pascal’s longtime friend. He’s disheartened along with Pascal about his loss, but is ready to support him on his last run. In fact, he even has a green light from his station to cover Pascal’s race from start to finish.

The two have been good friends, but there’s always been a bit of a distance between them. They’ve led separate lives with Pascal focused on his sport and Laurent traveling for work and shacked up with his fiancé, Jan. But after Jan and Laurent experience a rift, and Laurent and Pascal start spending more time together for the race, it occurs to them that maybe they each have exactly what the other is looking for.

Do they dare risk their friendship on possibly finding something more?

This was an enjoyable and entertaining read. The story progression was somewhat predictable, but that didn’t make it boring. The authors really do know how to tell a story. And it’s one that I think would appeal to readers even they don’t normally enjoy sports-themed plots. It’s an element of the story, but the real plot centers around these two ridiculous men.

One Perfect Wish by L.M. Brown

One Perfect Wish

Book Info

Title: One Perfect Wish
Author: L.M. Brown
Published: January 2, 2015
Pages: 61
Publisher: Totally Bound
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Scott Baxter isn’t sure what to think when he wakes up in Cameron Kirk’s bed and is referred to has his husband. Scott’s never met Cameron before, and he would certainly remember getting married. He soon learns he’s been put there by a djinn; he’s been sent to give Cameron a perfect day with his husband, the love of his life. Scott finds this hard to believe. How can he be the love of someone’s life if the two of them have never met? As the day goes on, though, Scott starts to see how the two of them just might be made for each other. And when the day ends, he sets out on a personal mission to track down Cameron. There’s just one problem: it’s too late for anything to happen between them beyond the one short day that they shared.

The idea of being forced into spending a day with someone is not very appealing and definitely sounds a bit nonconsensual. But even though Scott can’t leave, there’s nothing that really feels like he’s forced into anything specific. And the overall concept here is an intriguing one, based on the idea that there is a perfect someone out there for everyone, sometimes you just haven’t met them yet. And even if you haven’t met them before it’s too late, maybe there’s still a chance?

A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood

Book Info

Title: A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood (International Men of Sports, Book 1)
Author: T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes
Published: April 8, 2013
Pages: 155
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publisher’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Rajan Malik is THE hottest actor in Bollywood and things are only looking up. He, along with his girlfriend and co-star, are the hottest couple both on and off screen, and he couldn’t be more successful. But this isn’t entirely the life he wanted–it’s the life his mother wanted for him. When Ajay Singh, cricket star and Raj’s ex-roommate from university, sees Raj in the paper and reaches out to him, glimpses of a life that could have been immediately wash over them both. Ajay is out and not ashamed of it. But Raj has appearances to keep, and there’s the constant reminders from his mother that he could never be in a relationship with a man and still be successful. Raj believes her, but he knows there’s something missing from his life. Can he find a way to have everything: Ajay AND his career? Or will he need to make a decision about what’s most important and leave the other behind forever?

In an age where we often think it’s “so much easier to be gay” than it was years ago, it’s easy to dismiss the idea that people might still feel pressure to stay in the closet. But those pressures still exist and are very real for many people. In some cases it’s like Raj’s concern of career success. For others (like Ajay’s friend Neel) it’s concerns about family reactions and fallout. But regardless of the reason, we can’t just assume that what has become true for many people is true for everyone. And here we get a very modern story of how three men (I include Neel even though his struggle isn’t a major focus of the story) navigate the reality of being gay, being Indian, and being celebrities. The story is different for each of them, as it’s likely different for every single person who finds themselves in such a situation. The authors approach the topic very sensitively and don’t minimize or overstate any of the issues involved.

Definitely an enjoyable read that really hooked me in. I’m set to continue reading more from this series after finishing this one–and I’m looking forward to it.

Title: Freshman: Uncut
Author: Daisy Harris
Publication Date: June 14, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
A wonderful short story from Daisy Harris who always seems to deliver something enjoyable. Shane and Angel have a very intense dynamic that really comes right off the page. The only thing I would have liked was a bit more time with the characters – since this was short their development (individually and together) seemed rushed. But I was certainly left wanting to know what happens next for them, which is always a good sign.