Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn

Title: Scales and a Tail                          Word Count:42,170    

Genre : Paranormal  Gay Romance

Blurb :The paranormal world is in chaos. The elders are tired of their younger people playing the field, causing trouble, and fighting with each other. Everyone who attends the UPAC Conference now has twenty-four hours to claim a mate of a different species. If they don’t, they will never have a mate. The spell is cast. There is no escaping the Midnight Matings.

Beauregard Stratford is a bunny shifter. Simple enough, right? Unfortunately, he is the only white bunny shifter in existence. He also is cursed with violet eyes, hyperactivity, a strong weakness for anything shiny, and a penchant for leaving bubble gum everywhere.

When he finds himself mated to Sebastian Drakus, a dragon shifter and prince of his kind, Beauregard can’t seem to make himself behave no matter how hard he tries. He wants to be good, to make Sebastian proud of him, really he does, but things just keep happening to him…bubble gum mishaps, getting drunk, not to mention the fact that he is a true bunny and constantly horny. Nothing seems to go right. Can he convince Sebastian he’s worth the trouble, or will the dragon prince wash his hands of the whole bunny fiasco?

My Review :  I really like this series because the pairings are very unusual and they  totally work for me . In this book their is a dragon shifter Sebastian who is paired with a bunny shifter Beauregard. Beauregard is a very kind hearted, self- concious bunny who comes from a colony where he was pretty much a loner. They are both forced into a mating where one of the stipulations is that they have to have sex every 24 hrs for 2 yrs. I wish I had that stipulation in my relationship ;).It is far from smooth sailing at first, because they are two different shifters who had different expectations for their mates. Sebastian is a dragon prince that is used to being obeyed,  he is very confident and dominant. Beauregard brings out his protective instincts and at times he comes off a little bit overbearing rather than caring. The bunny is a little bit awkward and strange and he does whatever he feels without listening to his mate. This often leads him into trouble and more than one argument with Sebastian. After a few weeks of them living together in Sebastian’s castle, secrets and lack of knowledge and understanding of each other’s species start taking a toll on their relationship and causes a break down that will test their faith in each other. Their love for each other sees them through to a blossoming relationship.The make up sex was unbelievably hot, pair a very flexible bunny and a horny dragon and you are bound to see fireworks. My ratings for this is a 4- lose the underwear.  

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The Last Thing he Needs by J. H. Knight

Title : The last thing he needs                              Word Count: 76,763    

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance   

Blurb :Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.

Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn’t belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

Tommy isn’t used to trusting outsiders, and he’s never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O’Shea family and threatens everything he’s fought for, he’ll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.

My Review: Talk about a shitload of responsibilities. Tommy is a very caring older brother at 22 years old who takes care of his seven younger brothers and sisters. He is dirt poor but he tries to make an honest living as much as he can, he is very self less, always thinking and taking care of the needs of the little ones first. Tommy tries to be a hard ass all the time but he can’t always resist the charms of Bobby, the cop who is always coming to their house to check on things. Bobby sees through that veil that Tommy erects and sees how caring and loving he is to his siblings. Tommy lets Bobby into his life a little at a time. He realizes that being strong can come through letting go and allowing someone to help through difficult times.

Bobby had a hard time getting through Tom’s defenses but he kept on chipping away so that he could be the man that Tommy needed. It takes a near death experience for Tommy to finally open up and admits how he feels. I guess it takes death to kick some people in the ass, only it might just be too late. This book was very deep and it held a lot of harsh realities in today’s society, it was filled with the repercussions of drugs , alcohol and abuse. It is gritty as well as romantic, just a captivating read all around. Love can be found in the shittiest of places, and nobody deserves it more than Tommy and Bobby. They fought  and battled it out to a well deserved ending. The sex was hot enough, but to be honest I was more focused on the plot because it was just that compelling. It gets my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 


 

The Firsts & Forever 5: Salvation by Alexa Land

Title : Salvation             Word Count : 461 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Can two men from wildly different worlds prove to be each other’s salvation?

Trevor isn’t surprised that he’s a twenty-year-old virgin. He sees himself as skinny, clumsy, and shy, and is sure no one could possibly want him. Vincent Dombruso is about to prove him wrong.

Mysterious and troubled, Vincent masks a lot of secrets behind his handsome exterior. As the spark between them ignites, both men are surprised to find a kindred spirit in such an unexpected place. But Vincent’s Mafia ties and whatever he’s not telling Trevor could destroy their chances of a happily ever after.

Salvation is the fifth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. PLEASE NOTE: This erotic male/male romance is for ADULT READERS ONLY. It includes explicit language and graphic sex between two hot men.

My Review : Vincent is a tortured soul who has a brooding air surrounding him. Trevor is just what he needs , he is the kindest, sweetest person that tries to help and fix all the problems of his friends. He has only a few friends but he jumps into these friendships wholeheartedly.  He is very shy, but he is a staunch defender of his friends. Vincent is a total bad ass, but he is oh so sweet when it pertains to Trevor. The sex was exceptionally hot, you just have to love a virgin who knows what he wants and knows how to take control. This book was the fifth in the series and I’m going to have to go back and read the previous four, because I feel like I’ve connected with all these secondary characters. OMG, Nana is a hoot, she had me cracking up through the whole book. Gotta love a ‘gangsta’ grandma who is so out there.

    Trevor’s vulnerability really seeps out near the end of the story and I must say , I cried buckets at that point. Vincent was right there to catch him when he fell and I think that really solidified their relationship. This had all the trappings of a great romance. There was hot sex, laugh out loud moments, sad moments and the romance was off the chain. Who knew that a silent mafia hunk could do romance so well. I guess that’s why bad boys are so well loved. I want me one of those ;). I’m a sucker for a happy ending even with the twist at the end. Look out for more of my reviews on this author, I’m definitely gonna buy the previous books. This book gets my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

The French Toast Emergencies by Brigham Vaughn

Title:The French Toast Emergencies      Word Count:45 pgs        Genre Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb: Arthur Cain has removed himself from a social life littered with mistakes and unhappiness. When a freak April snowstorm hits, he just wants to stock up on the basics so he can get back to writing his thesis. Samuel Richards is a musician with a wicked sense of humor and he knows how to use it. The last thing he expected was to have it save him when he heads out for supplies and everything falls apart. The storm sends both to the grocery store, but neither had a “date” on their shopping list.
It’s one disaster after another for Samuel, but the history student comes to his rescue. If only Arthur was as good dealing with live men as he was with dead Vikings.

My Review: Great Read in a small package. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer. This is my second short story from this author and I must say that  Mrs. Brigham Vaughn is definitely bringing it. This story was laugh out loud hilarious in the beginning. I loved Arthur and Samuel’s interaction from their first meeting. Arthur is a little nerdy and stuck in his viking world and Samuel is the perfect man to draw him out of his head. Samuel is cool, sexy and playful and he allows Arthur to enjoy the fun side of himself. This was a very cute story with lovable characters that were insecure and vulnerable in their own way. They were both able to pull each other out of their shells and into a secure relationship. Wish all trips to the grocery store could lead to a blossoming romance ;). I give this my ratings of 4- not because I lost my underwear, but because this book kept me smiling.

 

Boyfriend For Rent by Jamie Lake

Title: Boyfriend For Rent             Word Count: 91pgs           Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:When Casey’s long term boyfriend suddenly locks him out of the house, he thinks his world has ended. Who would have known after everything they’d been through together Father McDermott, a Catholic priest he has secretly been dating would do something like that to him?

Then he meets Hunter, a slightly older, slow-talking, smart but simple country boy who takes him in and teaches Casey to believe in himself, what true love is, and how to please a real man in bed (or on his knees).

My Review: This book is a very light, comfortable,  short read. After four years of hiding with his closeted pastor boyfriend,  Casey gets a rude awakening when he is kicked out for touching the pastor’s arm in public. The pastor lashes out at Casey and points out all the things he hated about him and puts him down for his effeminate ways. Casey is distraught and devoid of all prospects without any money to call his own and nowhere to go.  He sees an ad in the paper for a room to rent in the country and decides to check it out. When he gets there he is faced with a big mountain of and man. Hunter takes pity on Casey and allows him to stay and help him out on the farm even though he can’t afford the rent. Casey gets to know Hunter and realizes that he is one of the kindest , sweetest person he’s ever met who willingly stands up for others. Hunter is not the most educated and he is a little bit rough around the edges and he is straight. Casey really starts falling for Hunter and Hunter finds himself attracted to Casey. Casey and Hunter balance each other’s insecurities. This was a sweet read , not a lot of drama or a lot of sex. There is only one sex scene and it’s very tame. This one for me was just ok. I’ll give it my ratings of 3- give it a try.

 

The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye

Title: The Blinding Light      Word count: 73,624        Genre: Contemporay Gay Romance

Blurb:Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad it luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

My Review:This author has become one of my new favorite authors.In this one, the beauty tames the ‘blind’ beast, but the beast is actually the most handsome man that he has ever seen and beauty is actually the housekeeper. Jake is a man who has a lot of familial and financial burdens which he takes very seriously. He comes from a broken home with an alcoholic mother and three sisters he’s been taking care of since he was six years old. Even though , he doesn’t have bus fare most days , he uses his rickety bike to go out as a housekeeper and make an honest living. He is a confident gay man who takes things one day at a time and tries to  conquer the world with his smile. The day  that he finally meets his rude employer is a day when Patrick is sick with a cold. Being the decent human being that he is, Jake goes out and buys cough syrup and ingredients to make soup for Patrick. Patrick doesn’t even say thank you and is constantly reminded by Jake about his manners. I think the fact that Jake wasn’t afraid to stand up to Patrick, draws Patrick to him which leads to a bond that circumvents the regular housekeeper/employer relationship. Feelings develop fast between these two , because they are exactly what the other person needs. Patrick needs someone who doesn’t always treat him like he is blind and Jake needs someone who will have his back regardless of all his issues. This was a sweet story filled with just the right amount of angst and the sex was hot. i loved it from beginning to end. This book was absolutely amazing and that’s The Truth. I’ll give this one my ratings of 4- Lose the underwear.

Born This Way by Francis Gideon

Title: Born This Way        Word Count: 42,871                    Genre: Transgender Romance

Blurb:

Jacob Matthews has gotten really sick of confessing his autobiography every time he meets someone new. Ever since coming out as a gay transgender man, Jacob feels as if no one really cares about who he is right now. Instead, they would much rather have access to his past and create another Lifetime movie out of it. The typical transgender narrative, Jacob notes, always ends in surgery or tragedy. It’s been two years since Jacob’s crossed the final marker to become who he is, and he’s running out of options of what to do next.

The only way that Jacob can overcome his own backstory is by blending in. Every Tuesday Night, he heads out to the local gay club called Boy Division and watches gay men from the sidelines. But when Jacob hooks up with a stranger who understands him with just a simple look, Jacob soon realizes that blending into the walls no longer satisfies him.

Jacob soon runs into his old friends at the LGBT community center, where he is forced to reconsider his life beyond rainbow colors and poppy disco beats. In group therapy, Jacob is confronted by the harsh realities of being transgender, hate crime violence, and the dwindling offers for his future. Just before Jacob leaves, his favorite doctor makes him a bet: if Jacob can find someone to connect to, then she will renew his testosterone prescription without question or qualm. She urges him to find some type of community, even if it’s not in the community center’s brightly painted walls.

Jacob takes the bet, figuring he has nothing to lose but his happy ending that may — or may not — really exist. He becomes determined to find the mystery man from the club again, even if it means blowing his cover.

My Review: This one was a slow start for me. It started picking up about halfway through the book.It was a slow boil, but then it got hot like lava. This was my third time reading a transgender romance and I must say they are becoming my new thing. I find that this book was really informative for those who know nothing about the transgender community. This book let me see that there are different types of sexuality in being transgender. Jacob was a female to male transman and this was a very different type than what i was used to reading.The sex was hotttt and I was a little skeptical at first because there is a vagina in the mix. I like reading gay romance for the hot man on man action, but I must say that I wasn’t disappointed. Jacob was definitely hot, manly and virile even though he hadn’t done bottom surgery. He was able to satisfy Benjamin through the use of dildos , vibrators and his mouth. This book made me realize that sex has a lot to do with your mind , because Jacob felt like a man and the dildo became an extension of himself. For him it felt it like a real penis.OK, enough about penises and vaginas :). I was deeply immersed in the life of a transman and the author did that for me. Very well written. It was hard to watch the struggles that Jacob had to go through in order to become the man that he knew he was meant to be. Jacob is hesitant in his actions with Benjamin because of all the hurt , pain and rejection that he has faced on a everyday basis being transgender. Jacob is tired of having to explain his life story to everyone when he decides to take his clothes off to shag. Benjamin was the first exception in his sexual history. Benjamin takes the time to know Jacob as a man and shows him how beautiful he is in his transitioned body. Benjamin doesn’t make a big deal about Jacob’s body , he just loves it the way it is, vagina and all ;). Another happily ever after, that leads me to my ratings of 4- Lose the Underwear.