Fin & Matt by Charlie Winters

Title : Fin & Matt                Word Count : 269 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Fin MacAuliffe had always been less than masculine; never truly confident enough to be himself. He’d long known he was gay – he’d just never shared it with anyone, not even his own free-thinking, liberal parents. Sure, they knew. Yet, they never quite gave up on linking him to some respectable girl with good genes and a generous bank account. Fin’s own account was nothing to be ashamed of, but even with all of the advantages, the only true thing he longed for was companionship.

After dragging himself back home to Missouri after graduation, Fin prepared to start his adult life – beginning with taking a new job as a music teacher at a private school. He was set, at least by the traditional standards. On his very first day, he saw him…

If there was a God, he made Matt DiFiore personally. Disheveled, straight black hair which appeared to be self-cut. Chiseled cheekbones. Tanned smooth skin.

Fin knew he was staring. Matt’s lower half was covered by track pants with side snaps, but Fin knew that beneath those snaps housed the most glorious legs in existence. Those full lips wrapped around an apple, biting down as a small smile formed and he turned to walk… Fin’s… way.

My Review : I truly enjoyed taking the journey of this beautiful love story between these men. Fin was a young man who had everything at his fingertips, except for the one thing he really needed; love from that special someone. Matt had nothing tangible to give, except for that special love that he had saved for the right man.

 Matt’s life is in shambles after a failed marriage to a young woman whose father blackballs him in his professional life as a doctor. He is left picking up the pieces of his life , a huge debt hanging over his head and stuck as the high school gym teacher. Matt is also estranged from his parents who are very blue collar and have a hard time accepting their son being gay. Matt is immediately attracted to the new young music teacher Fin. Fin doesn’t have to work because he has a trust fund with millions in it and parents that adore him and gives him everything. Fin’s parents are very accepting and prove to be a rock for these two. 

 At first,  Fin is a shy insecure little virgin. He is very concious of his effeminate ways and delicate features. He comes into his own and become this confident sexy man through his explorations with Matt. Fin and Matt hook up shortly after meeting and their story flows into one of those love at first sight journeys where they never tire of being in each other’s presence.  They have a great connection body and soul. Their sex scenes were very authentic and super duper hot. They soon move in together and Fin helps Matt to go up against his ex father-in-law and reclaim his life. Matt is able to get his dream job in sports medicine. This goes a far way in smoothing out the disparity that Matt felt in their financial situations which always seemed to be a bone of contention between the two .

Matt asks Fin to marry him and they live a blissful happily ever after. The ending was a bit bittersweet and very emotional.  I mean I cried buckets 😢. Their is a fast forward of their lives in the last chapter where it shows them adopting a daughter and that daughter turning into a teenager. It’s really a snap shot of their lives. We are able to get a glimpse of them getting older and losing important people in their lives. Their love is an undying and everlasting love which stands the test of time. We have to watch Fin endure the loss of  his husband Matt to a heart attack. Throughout this all, we see his love remains unchanged for his soulmate who he still goes to visit and talk to by his graveside. As I said , very bittersweet, but I liked it because it really added depth and reality to this love story. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Oh God ,” Matt expelled. “You’re so fucking tight.” He lowered his lips for a brief kiss before thrusting deeper. “Too much… too much, Matt.” I gulped hard, gasping for air. “Alright, you’re okay.” He slowed his pace, rubbing his thumb over my cheek. “Look at me.” He continued to rock his hips, but it was a lazy tempo; working me open with each forward movement he made. I ground my teeth together as the pain surged through my stiff frame. Fighting tears, I focused back on his eyes, gaining my composure. Matt nearly stopped short, studying my face. “Fin. I know it’s hard, but you have to try to relax. Otherwise, I’m going to hurt you. Can you do that?” I nodded. “Can we use more lube or something? You’re too big, I think.”“Under normal circumstances, I’d consider that a compliment.” He ran his hands through my hair and lowered his lips to mine. “I don’t want to hurt you. This is supposed to feel good for you, okay?”“Okay,” I answered. Matt clicked open the bottle of lubricant and pulled out of my body carefully. Using his finger first, he nudged the tip inside of me and slowly coated my opening. He poured a bit more on the outside of the condom and used his hand to smooth it over his engorged cock. “Let’s try this again, okay ?” He pushed in once more, moving at a sluggish clip. “Better?” he asked, sliding in easily. I gave him a smile, doing my best to hold it together. “So much better.” Honestly, it was. Within minutes, it was easier . More enjoyable. I closed my eyes and started to get lost in Matt’s hands moving about my body. His lips latched onto my throat as his hips pumped steadily. ( One of my favorite sex scenes, because it shows the true picture of anal sex. The good, the bad and the ugly. It is not always sunshine and flowers, sometimes it can be painful.)

Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye

Title : Shawn’s Law             Word Count : 66,628

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?

Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.

The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.

My Review : Shawn is famous in his community,  but not for the reasons one would expect. Shawn is extremely accident prone and anything that can go wrong at any given time will definitely happen to him. He is a very sweet,  lovable guy who has his plate full with taking care of his mother who has advanced alzheimers. Shawn is unaware of his own assets and charm.  He doesn’t understand why a hottie like Harley would ever give him the time of day. Harley has definitely noticed Shawn and he has made it hid point of duty to walk his dogs past Shawn’s house everyday.

Harley and Shawn meets officially when Shawn wipes out ass first on the pavement at his feet while looking for his mother who has escaped yet again. Harley is kind enough to point out that she is dancing naked under the sprinklers. Shawn is mortified,  but it’s nothing new. Their relationship develops overtime over a series of mishaps. Mishaps or not , Harley is definitely interested in Shawn. He just has to make Shawn believe it too. Shawn hates the fact that he is so accident prone and tries to break up on more than one occasion with Harley . 

It takes him awhile but  he eventually realized that Harley is in it for the long haul. Harley sees Shawn as being very precious and he loves him and takes care of him like no other. Shawn and Harley had great chemistry in and out of the bedroom .  This was hilariously funny and overall a sweet read. Renae Kaye has become one of my favorite authors.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Loving an Absent-minded Astrophysicist by TN Tarrant

Title : Loving an Absent-minded Astrophysicist

Word Count :78,930   Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : At twenty-three, Dr. Liam McGregor is a well-respected astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and geologist. With no family, few friends, and no romantic prospects, he’s used to being alone. Focusing on his various scientific projects and taking care of his decidedly unusual cat help keep the loneliness at bay.

Jareth Manning is starting life over—new town, new job—after the loss of his husband. The last thing he expects is for the most absentminded, and beautiful, man he’s ever seen to take up residence in his heart. Nor did he expect to find himself a willingly humble slave to Her Imperial Highness, Empress the Cat. But Jareth has learned that love doesn’t come around often and to hold on to it when it does. Jareth is willing to be patient if Liam is willing to take a risk after being burned before. They just have to survive Liam’s past returning.

Eight years after Liam and Jareth marry, they want a child. Things don’t go well when they try to adopt, with terrible accusations thrown at Jareth. After recovering, they proceed with a private adoption, bringing home a beautiful little girl, Carinae. Then things get ugly, endangering not only Liam’s life, but Carinae’s.

My Review :  Liam is a prodigy in his areas of expertise which includes astrophysics,  astrobiology and geology. The twenty-three year old is brilliant,  but he is very accident prone because he is always too busy reading or too deep in his thoughts while walking. Liam is a shy, slightly pudgy, socially awkward  little geek who has never truly been appreciated by anyone in his life. From the first moment,  Jareth, head of security of the company sees Liam’s bruises a wave of anger comes over him that someone could hurt such a beautiful soul. He talks to his bosses about this and they explain to him that most of those bruises are self inflicted due to Liam being absent-minded.

After Liam is attacked by a former colleague,  Jareth has the pleasure of taking him to the hospital in the ambulance. Liam begs Jareth to take care of his precious cat Empress. It is not long before both Liam and Empress become an important part of Jareth’s life. Jareth makes his interest in Liam known, and even though Liam is skeptical of his feelings , he soon sees the truth. Jareth courts Liam properly without rushing things in the sex department when he realize how inexperienced Liam is. He has a lot  of repair to do to Liam’s self esteem due to his previous ex boyfriend’s careless words. 

With patience and perseverance,  Jareth communicates his feelings for Liam constantly. When Jareth takes a shot that was meant for  Liam, Liam sees how close he came to losing the best thing in his life. Their relationship progressed seemlessly after that incident and Liam found it easier than he expected to open  up to Jareth telling him how much he loved him. Jareth proposed and Liam was extremely happy to accept.

As the story goes on, it jumps six years into wedded bliss when things start going to hell. Jareth’s brother and his wife just had twin’s and after experiencing the joys of newborn babies, it gets them thinking. They both agree that they wanted the fulfillment that a child could bring to their lives.  Jareth and Liam starts looking into adoption,  but they get turned down numerous times on the suspicion of domestic abuse. 

After one to many visits to the ER for all his accidents, a homophobic police officer decides to point the finger at Jareth for abusing Liam.  Officer Metcalf  continues to slander and even tries to arrest Jareth, contrary to what he is told by hospital personnel who knows Liam’s track record for being accident prone. Liam starts losing weight and becomes very sick. When he starts puking blood, Jareth is  rushing him to the hospital when he is stopped by no other than Officer Metcalf. There is an altercation between  Officer Metcalf and his  rookie partner  when she questions him on probable cause for stopping Jareth. Officer Metcalf ends up shooting his partner and Jareth shoots him as a way of saving her life.

When everything is sorted out , it’s brought to Jareth’s attention that Officer Metcalf was sending false information to the adoption agencies and this was one of the main reasons they were denied. They decide to get Liam well who was suffering from a punctured ulcer and try again when everything is settled. After about a year , Liam and Jareth welcomes their beautiful daughter Carinae. They legally adopted her from a college student who was dumped by her boyfriend after hearing about the pregnancy. They took care of all her medical bills  and allowed her to be a part of Carinae’s life as an honorary aunt.

Little did they know that their problems were just beginning. When the biological mother dies in a car accident,  the boyfriend and grandmother brings kidnapping charges against Jareth snd Liam. They end up in family court and after the rigmarole of a trial, the charges are dismissed and they retain full custody of their little cherub.  Upon leaving the courthouse, Liam is shot several times by the biological grandmother.  Jareth shoots to kill as soon as he realized what’s happened. 

Jareth is devastated when his sweet Liam stops breathing a few times over the course of the surgery. After a few days of being hooked up to ventilators,  Liam finally regains consciousness. This was such an emotional moment seeing the strong Jareth falling to pieces. He is overjoyed that his sweet husband has made it through.

I really liked this story because it doesn’t just end after their happily ever after.  It continues on almost 15 years into their married life showing all their joys and pitfalls. At times I thought the saga with the police was a little over the top and the attempts on their life was a little much, seeing as how they were supposed to be regular Joes. Overall,  I really enjoyed seeing this couple blossom from their first date to becoming full bloom into married life. I loved the chemistry between Jareth and his sweet, shy , accident prone Liam who he loves unconditionally and how he never lost patience. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Lonely by Scarlet Blackwell

Title : Lonely                       Word Count : 22,330

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : When the love of Austin Bale’s life—Rupert the German Shepherd—is critically injured in a car accident, he has to find seventeen hundred dollars and fast. Austin lives alone, works a minimum wage job and has no one he can turn to. The only thing he can offer vet Lynton Brooke, by way of payment, is himself.

Lynton takes him up on his offer and is soon smitten by the reclusive Austin. Both men recognise a kindred spirit, a lonely soul that needs a mate, but Austin is too aware of their different backgrounds. Can he ever hope that Lynton could be the one?

My Review : Austin is caught between a rock and a hard place. His  beloved dog has been run over and he can’t bear to lose his only friend in the world. He knows right off the bat that he wont be able to pay the vet’s bill. He is barely living from paycheck to paycheck.  Not knowing the young man’s situation, the sexy vet Lynton tells him something will work out.In an act of desperation,  he offers his body as payment for surgery for his beloved dog. As much as Lynton is interested,  he turns Austin down.

Austin leaves feeling dejected, worrying about what will happen to his dog. When he goes back to check on his dog the next day, Lynton tells him he’ll take him up on his offer. Austin is relieved that the dog will be taken care of, but deep down inside he feels dissapointed and a little bit cheap. On one hand he despises Lynton for taking what was so freely offered,  but he is  also secretly turned on. Lynton realizes that Austin’s perception of him has changed  for the worst, but it is hard for him to renege on their illicit bargain when he wants Austin almost desperately. They are off to a bad start, but luckily Rupert the dog keeps on bringing them together. It helps that they have great chemistry and they are very passionate when they are in bed together. Lynton realizes that he has fallen for Austin, he just hopes he can win him over. Austin is a little stubborn and extremely proud and it is hard for him to accept financial help from the richer , more stable Lynton. I say stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. I was finally happy that he got over his issues and moved in with Lynton who is more than capable of taking care of them.  This was short  and sweet with lots of hot sex. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Lost in the Outcome by Rowan McAllister

Title : Lost in the Outcome                 Word Count :71,904

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : When Nathan Seward wakes up in a cheap hotel with a stranger, unable to remember the night before, unscrupulous plots and clandestine schemes are the furthest thing from his mind. True, he’s in Houston to bid on his biggest contract yet, one that will put his software development company on the map, but he’s the underdog at the table, not one of the big players. Unfortunately someone out there sees him as a threat and isn’t above drugging and blackmailing him to put him out of the running. Luckily for Nathan, the man in bed next to him couldn’t be further removed from the corporate world.

Tim Conrad is scraping the bottom of the barrel. He left college during his freshman year to take care of his dying mother, and life and lack of money prevented him going back. Now twenty-seven, his dreams are long buried, and he’s scraping by with dead-end jobs and couch surfing because he can’t afford a place of his own.

As Nathan tries to run damage control and figure out what the hell happened to him, he and Tim discover a connection neither was looking for, as well as dreams they’ve both forgotten.

My Review :  You know you’ve had a hell of a night  when you wake up beside a naked man and you have no clue how you got there. To top it all off , you are straight. This is how Nathan found himself in a strange hotel room. Nathan is really confused and a little bit scared because he can’t remember anything after eating dinner the previous night. When his sexy bed partner Tim wakes up, Tim is a little dissapointed that Nathan doesn’t remember their memorable, passionate night. Tim doesn’t have the answers to Nathan ‘s questions about his whereabouts the previous evening.  All he can offer Nathan is to say that he picked him up in a gay club , they hit it off and rented a hotel room. Nathan is shocked , because he has never slept with a man before. However,  he pushes that to the back of his mind as he is in town for a presentation for his company and he needs to focus more on that. He feels a twinge of sadness and guilt when he sees that he has hurt Tim with his reaction and awkwardness to the whole situation, but he let’s him walk out of his life anyway. 

After Nathan goes back to his hotel room, he checks his email only to find pictures of himself in a gay bar with guys rubbing all over him. Someone is blackmailing him so that he can’t further his company in a professional capacity. After he tells his business partner the sequence of events, he urges him to go see a doctor who relays to him that he has been drugged with rohypnol, the date rape drug. Nathan doesn’t want to jeopardize his company’s bid by going to the police. He decides to retrace his steps and do some investigating of his own. He goes back to the club where Tim said they had met. Nathan doesn’t have to wait long before he finds Tim and tries to see if Tim is involved.  The shocked and hurt  look on Tim’s face is telling. Tim’s willingness to help Nate allows him to see how genuine and honest he is. The sparks fly between Tim and Nathan and they combust into the ultimate satisfaction. 

As Nathan gets to know Tim, he realizes that he really likes him. Tim is a sweetheart, but he’s down on his luck.  He drives a piece of shit car, he has nowhere to live , he works two jobs that doesn’t make a dent in the student loans he owes from college and  he didn’t even earn a diploma. As sad as it is, many people can relate to a life like Tim’s.

Tim knows that he has fallen in love with Nate and Nate knows that he has never felt this way for anyone other than Tim.We all want a prince to rescue us at some point in our lives. Nathan certainly stepped out  of his comfort zone , setting his social awkwardness aside  in the hopes of forging a stronger bond with Tim. Nathan whisks Tim away to California like a true prince charming.  This was a really sweet romance and the sex was hot. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok,  give it a try. 

 

Learning to Feel by N.R.Walker

Title : Learning to Feel               Word Count : 69,243

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Resigned to living a sexless, loveless life, Doctor Nathan Tierney knows something is missing. In a rash decision, he leaves his life-consuming job at Mass General Hospital, Boston, to be the small-town doctor in Belfast, Maine.

With the job comes a house, and with the house comes a handyman-painter. Trent Jamieson, a nomadic artist, and his dog Bentley, are offered free accommodation for the few weeks he fixes up the hospital-owned house.

Nathan is transfixed by this free-spirited, undeniably gorgeous man. Confused but amazed to feel any kind of attraction – much less to a man – Nathan convinces himself to put aside any preconceived ideas, and allows himself to just feel.

As their attraction for each other grows, one man learns to live, the other learns to love. But just who is teaching who?

My Review : Don’t you just love finding a great feelgood book? You know what’s even better,  is when that damn book is free. OMG,  I am so loving this author right now, it’s the second free book I’ve gotten from this author that has substance and quality. Oh and did I mention, the sex was fucking fantastic between the two main characters. I’m talking off the charts hot, incredible chemistry. It’s like watching porn with a great storyline, not just oohs, aahs and fuck me harder. These guys were perfect for each other, they complemented each other beautifully.

 Nathan was a big city doctor whose life was unfulfilled,  there was not much passion left in him. He sees himself as a sexless creature and loneliness is taking over his life, despite him having a great job and a home. He sees a position as a live in doctor in a small town posted on the hospital’s notice board.  He decides to jump at the opportunity, thinking that country living will restore something within him.

Upon arriving at his new home, he is told that he will have a temporary roommate who is fixing up the house. Trent is definitely interested when he meets the sexy doctor. He flirts shamelessly and poor clueless Nathan is not sure what’s happening to his body. He finally comes to the realization that what he is feeling is arousal and what a shocker that is for him. He has slept with women but he has never felt any true desire for them. What he feels for Trent knocks his socks off, or should I say britches. He walks around with a semi hard-on for the devilishly sexy Trent. It’s almost as if his body has been awakened and he decides to pursue and explore this form of attraction. Nathan is definitely not put off by being attracted to a man, he is just so damn happy that he is finally living and has found his sexual ‘self’.

 The relationship is very easy and fun between the two. As time goes on Nathan finds himself falling for Trent. However,  whenever Nathan tries to get into serious conversations about what they are to each other , Trent clams up and backs off. After  some conflict, they both realize they are truly in love with each other. I really enjoyed their journey together. I had such a visceral reaction to their lovemaking,  it was unbelievably sensual, raw and just plain fucking hot. These characters are painted so genuinely beautiful, it makes you the reader feel as if they are a part of your reality. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. 

My favorite quotes : 1. I want to taste more of you,” he murmured. “Empty your cock in my mouth.” ( Trent had such a way with words, such a dirty mouth, such a turn on😉).

BTW,  I found this book free on omnilit.com. Check it out. This Author is definitely worth spending good money on.

Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling by Michael Murphy

Title : Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling                             Word Count :71997         Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb :Aaron and Josh come from extraordinarily different backgrounds in small town America. Aaron is the only child of a fundamentalist preacher who fears and condemns the ways of the world outside their community. Josh is a jock who can only seem to express the feelings Aaron stirs in him by tormenting Aaron about how he looks and dresses. But one day, Josh’s world is turned upside down by a simple sentence spoken by Aaron, and he decides to get closer to Aaron.

Aaron assumes it is a new form of torture, but Josh persists: first a ride home, then talking with Aaron while he does his afternoon farm chores. Then Josh persuades Aaron’s father to let him participate in a scholastic event out of town one weekend. Josh pays a huge price for Aaron to attend, but that one weekend persuades Aaron to get free of his parents and attend college.

College doesn’t solve all their problems, though. Josh is horrified when a senior on campus seduces Aaron. He can’t believe Aaron has always been gay and he missed it—and missed getting to be Aaron’s first. But when Aaron finds out his boyfriend isn’t faithful, things go from tense to worse.

My Review : It is certainly a shame when something as simple as a shower is a luxury for a teenager.  Aaron grew up without all the simple amenities due to him living in an Amish community. He was constantly bullied and teased for being different. Although his body was physically imposing, he was seen as a backwards hick, regardless of the fact that he was smarter than most of the people in his school. Not only did Aaron get humiliated by the jocks at school,  he also had to put up with  his father belittling , verbally and physically abusing him.

 All the years of torment have finally taking its toll on Aaron. More and more each day he wishes he had a regular teenage life. He wants to be able to afford the privilege of getting out of his closed off town to go to college. Anything really, just as long as he is out from  under his father’s thumb and doesn’t have to take over the leadership of his community that is stifling. Aaron realizes that he has same sex tendencies and he tries to bury these feelings deep down within himself. He wants more out of life than being a farmer.

One day he gets the courage to speak up against his main tormentor who is a popular jock  named Josh.Josh acknowledges and apologizes to Aaron for all the hurt and pain he has caused him over the years. He tries really hard to get to know Aaron, but Aaron is weary and suspicious of his motives. Once Josh starts getting some insight in the type of life that is forced on Aaron he feels a sense of empathy and he is truly confused at how a teenager can function without all the simple modern technologies that everyday kids take for granted. As they grow closer, Josh exposes Aaron to his way of life and introduces him to television shows such as Glee and gives him a makeover. It is a real eye-opener for Aaron to see gay relationships flourishing in the outside world. Josh realizes how sweet of a person and how truly innocent Aaron seems to be. 

The physical abuse gets really bad for Aaron at home and when Josh gets a glimpse of what was done to him, he gets the authorities involved.  Josh’ parents pushes Aaron to become an emancipated minor and live with them. Josh and Aaron’s bond becomes stronger and Josh motivates and pushes Aaron to his full potential in all aspects of his life. Aaron grows to be a more rounded teenager and a far greater student.

Before you know it, Josh and Aaron both start college where they share a dorm room. This is where it gets a bit dicey for me, they are still hiding the fact that they are both gay and that they really like each other. I thought this stretched on a little too long. Up to this point there is still no sex and it’s about 85% through the book already. Some unnecessary drama is thrown in and Josh and Aaron are mad at each other  and distant. After seeing Aaron with another man, Josh bites the bullet and tells Aaron how much he is in love with him. Aaron is still doubting his position in the world, because there is still so much he doesn’t understand about social situations.

When they go on Christmas break , this is where they finally clear up their misunderstandings and explore the sexual side of their relationship. The sex in this book was very minimal and definitely not overt, so I had to be reading through the lines. I am a fan of Michael Murphy and the content was interesting,  I am just disappointed in the lack of sex. This gets my ratings of 3- it was ok, give it a try.