November Rain by Daisy Harris

Title : November Rain                                    Word Count :40,455

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb :Detective Joe Klamath is used to guys falling on their backs at the arch of his commanding eyebrow. Yet he can’t seem to get a read on a cute, department-store sales guy. The vagrant who just walked in, though? He’s easy to read. He’s dangerous.

Joe’s training kicks in, but as he wrestles the gun-wielding man, he gets shot.

Raised in a conservative Ethiopian community, Elias Abraham keeps his natural attraction to men under wraps. But Joe’s heroism moves him to care for the man who saved his life. After all, Joe is hurt. Chances are slim he’ll demand the types of things boys in college always wanted. Sex acts Elias wasn’t—and possibly never will be—ready for.

Gradually, Joe’s easy confidence softens Elias’s resistance. But as Joe’s healing progresses too slowly for a man of action, and trouble brews in Elias’s family, Elias begins to wonder if he can handle the pressure. Because though he hasn’t given all of his body, he’s already given all of his heart.

My Review :  I would have to say this was my least favorite out of this series.  Actually , I don’t really see how it fits into the series, other than mentioning the name of a previous character. There is an age gap between the two main characters and I think the older more experienced Joe takes advantage of his younger Ethiopian fuck buddy.  I wouldn’t even say that they were in a relationship,  because this was definitely not a give and take scenario. Joe was doing a lot of taking from Elias, and Elias was just the unsure virgin getting whatever  crumbs Joe dropped for him.

Joe gets injured at the beginning , trying to save Elias from a crazy gunman. I think  he uses this injury to be a mean old cuss to Elias. Their relationship was just really lacking in romance, it was more cloaked in unsurity and insecurity. Most of the times Elias was worried about what his traditional Ethiopian family would say if they found out he was gay. He was very hesitant to take that next step of losing his virginity to Joe. On the other hand, Joe wasn’t sure how to deal with Elias’ insecurities about his sexuality and it seemed as if he was always worried about how Elias would be perceived because of his race.

The sex scenes were totally hottt,  their was a lot of frottage and this was so great watching them explore each other. The main event was even sexier, Joe had a raw commanding attitude that was truly a turn on. The sex was hotm but the dialogue throughout was a little bit stilted for my tastes. Overall this one gets my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try. 

A Beautiful Lie by Tyler Robbins

Title: A Beautiful Lie       Word Count:59580       Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Jesse Reagan has had more than his share of tragedy, and he may have been dealt another blow when, once again, cancer threatens the sister who raised him. Faced with the possibility of being left behind, Jesse vows to care for her young son, though he’s not convinced he can.

When Trip Cantrell returns to town, he’s blindsided the instant he’s reunited with his kid brother’s lifelong friend, Jesse. His inability to find happiness in the years he’s been gone, suddenly makes sense. Love’s been waiting at home all along.

Life begins to look promising, except for the fact that neither have come out of the closet publicly, and that’s not even their biggest problem. Someone has a secret so shocking they may never find a way past it.

Will they be accepted in their small Texas town, or will secrets, lies, and the threat of tragedy destroy everything?

Be Warned: m/m sex, frottage, rimming

Review:This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read in awhile.The author brought out all the most poignant emotions of love lost, love discovered, friendship and family coming together in times of sorrow.It was very emotional, a real tear-jerker that touched me to the core.It was very sexy and hilarious in spots.It was the perfect balance of romance and real life situations. I absolutely loved this book.It was my first time reading Tyler Robbins and it definitely won’t be the last.

My Rating: 5 – Bring out the Vibrators