House of Stone by Vaughn R. Demont
A modern knight, a noble quest, and a magical sword. What could go wrong?
Welcome to the City, where gods run nightclubs, goblins hire out as mercs, sorcerers work their magic, the Fae hold court over every neighborhood…and humanity is blissfully ignorant of it all.
For minor Fae noble Richard Stone, life is going well. He has a decent fiefdom (okay, it’s a slum), a budding acting career (okay, so it’s porn), and one of only five magical swords in the City. An arranged marriage is barely a blip on his worry meter—until his family blade loses its magic. The shame of it puts his noble standing in jeopardy.
To regain his status, Richard needs help. Fortunately, his new bride is a sidhe knight and his servant Simaron has, er, his back. Together they embark on a quest to find the demon who slew his father, investigate a conspiracy that goes to the highest echelons of Fae nobility, and discover a secret family legacy that could ruin his House.
All while keeping up appearances to a society that demands perfection. And they say a noble’s life is easy…
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
have fun storming the castle…
Seeking Kokopelli by Shelley Munro
Love never hits a wrong note.
Ever since Nate McKenzie hired on as a roadie, musician Adam James has lusted after him. So far Adam has kept his distance, knowing Nate is mourning his dead wife. But lately Adam has caught the man returning his stares. Maybe it-s time to test the waters.
Besides, there isn-t much chance Nate will find out that Adam was once his people-s Kokopelli. His powers were stripped from him, along with the magical tattoo on his chest, when his orientation was discovered.
Nate is going crazy with guilt. Before his wife-s death, he never looked at anyone else, woman or man. Now his dreams are filled with Adam. He tries to keep his mind on his job and off Adam-s sexy body, but in a moment of weakness they share a kiss that sends them both up in flames.
Their relationship risks both their hearts and Adam-s female fan base, but the attraction is too strong to ignore. Then someone takes a shot at Adam-and his tattoo begins to reappear, forcing him to come clean with his lover. And Nate to decide exactly where his future lies-before a killer steals it away from them.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
when getting dick makes you bulletproof
Truthful Change by Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Karl Blake’s good at a lot of things: killing bad guys, rescuing hostages…and looting priceless diamonds, but when a bullet ends his career as a mercenary he discovers that he’s really bad at living in a huge house with nothing to do. A shy, oddly sexy gardener with an unexpected liking for rough sex seems just what the doctor ordered for his boredom. But Adam’s got secrets that make Karl’s seem mundane, and if the two of them are going to find a future together, there’s a lot more to deal with than dandelions in the lawn.
With the past and the present combining to push them apart, betrayal, hurt, and mistrust around every corner, the two of them need to focus less on labels and more on what they are to each other.
Because a rose by any other name…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
deciding between nice dick and rough dick…tough choice apparently
What You See by C.J. Black
When the older man starts frequenting the restaurant where Adam works, he doesn’t know what to think. Kent is everything that defines success and wealth. What could he possibly want with a college kid like Adam?
Kent is going through a bad divorce, but he knows what he wants and who he wants. He makes his move, but following a brief yet intense lovemaking session, Adam’s insecurities make him walk away.
Kent, refusing to let Adam go, decides to find a way to make the younger man see his worth and their need to be together.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
sometimes I give up hope about this genre lol…
Savage Sanctuary by Jacqueline Barbary
Sexy bad boy shapeshifter Michael O’Dare grew up on the streets. When government soldiers finally captured and imprisoned him, he became a lab rat and a collared slave, never again allowed to be human. His escape allowed him to return to human form and head for freedom in the Western Territories.
Robert Hamilton-Scott had lived by the code "You’re careful, or you’re caught" for too long to take chances now. The one risk he takes in his carefully controlled life is offering temporary shelter to shifters on the run like Michael.
Robert knows it’s definitely not safe to want the sexy renegade he’s giving sanctuary to-passion is dangerous for a shapeshifter. As the soldiers close in he must choose between the careful life he’s built or life on the run with the man who has captured his heart.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Carina Press m/m offerings less than impressive..
Spinning by Jaime Samms
Ken has fallen in love twice in his unnaturally long life. He’s spent the rest of it trying to forget what falling out of it feels like. Not even the end of civilization has distracted him from his own misery, and now, desperate and achingly lonely, he calls the one person who’s never hung up on him.
Mikko lost Ken once, letting life get in the way of love, and ever since the day Ken ran, he’s been trying to track him down. He’s honed his skills over the years, tracking Ken through the morass of men and ugly affairs, waiting for the chance to make things right.
Ken thinks his messy past is a secret from Mikko, and is too ashamed to admit any of it. Mikko has secrets of his own, things he’s discovered about their very nature he’s sure Ken’s not ready to hear. Back together, after years of cat and mouse, Ken has to learn to trust a man he knows isn’t telling him everything, and Mikko has to figure out how to fix something his own negligence might have destroyed beyond hope of repair.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is your one thing, Kenny. From now on, I’m in charge.
Two Marked Men by Roland Graeme
The town’s name was Repentance, which, judging by the behavior of some of its inhabitants, seemed a bit premature. They were still too busy sinning to have given much thought about repentance just yet.
Henrique Vermudez has barely been in Repentance an hour when he is forced to kill a man in self-defense. Suddenly he finds himself the target of the dead man’s brother and his bank-robbing gang in search of revenge. But Hank Dawson isn’t the only one out for blood.
Also in town is a cowboy named Oren, a secretive man with a scarred face who understands only too well what the lust for revenge can do to a man. Oren and Henrique share a connection besides both being marked for death, and their fledgling love—as well as their lives—will be threatened by the single draw of a gun.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Lynn Lorenz
Scott came to New Orleans the summer he fled the bigotry of a rural Louisiana town. Tony was born and raised in the City that Care Forgot and lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Now, Scott lives in a homeless shelter and has a job at Tiffany’s Waffles ’n’ Wings, a 24-hour restaurant on the edge of the French Quarter, while Tony is squatting in an abandoned house.
When Tony, desperate for cash, decides to rob someone, along comes Scott. But in the dark alleyway, the younger man stirs something long dormant in Tony. He rescues Scott from being beaten by another thief, then grabs the money for himself and runs. Ashamed of his actions, however, Tony decides to return the money. He follows Scott to work, and the two fragile souls begin a tenuous relationship.
The men fill in what each is missing and what each desires in the other. Scott leaves the shelter to try living with Tony, finding a place to belong and someone who cares for him, and Tony, who has something to prove to himself, longs to be a better man for Scott.
Together, the two kindred spirits try to create a life together in a city on the edge of a comeback…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very good despite the reused name
Icing on the Cake by Shayla Kersten
Jeff Morgan’s life is all about career. Relationships aren’t on his radar. His friendships are limited to a very few and his sex life consists of wham-bam-thank-you-man sexual encounters. He doesn’t do long term. He doesn’t even do breakfast.
Then the fate of a cake brings Ollie Cranford into his life. Shaved head, tats and piercings, the baker is far from Jeff’s type, but Ollie is as luscious as the treats he whips up in his bakery.
Now if only Jeff can relax long enough to enjoy the icing on the beefcake.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
creative fun with icing.. yum
Condom + teeth = bad idea!
There’s been a ton of posts lately about condom use in erotic romance – specifically m/m erotic romance. Should condoms be used every time, part of the time, or none of the time? There has been a variety of answers and some very strong opinions.
It seems to be the current consensus that people want this aspect to be real. This is of course a generalization but they just want the condom use to make sense. It is fiction though so there’s a little latitude allowed.
Being that fiction is NOT a guide to sexual activity, safe sex practices, a karma sutra of sex, or anything other than simple made up sex between people who don’t exist – any commentary or criticism must keep this in mind.
So attempting to stay there I’m offering this just for anyone that’s well..maybe slightly probably a tad bit annoyed as I am about condom use. Condoms are not difficult to open and why books consistently make it out as though those packages are made of NASA engineered plastic, made to withstand the efforts of everyone but the most determined sex ravaged horn ball, I’ve no clue.
I’ve never seen anyone use their teeth to open a condom package. Additionally I’ve never seen anyone tie a condom off after use and gently place it in the trash. Neither one of these rampant inclusions are deal breakers. They are after all, simply small details that do not matter.
Yet being that I apparently do care enough to post on it, I’m offering this as a helpful reminder. If anyone knows about condom use in gay sex for maximum enjoyment, I’m going to assume it’s porn stars. Realistic? Who knows but it fits with the theme of fiction I’d think.
So please enjoy this how to use a condom by gay porn stars. Nary a tooth or tied condom in sight.
NSFW.. *very* NSFW but ooooh so fun…