Truthful Change – J. Davitt and A. Snow

Truthful Change

Authors: Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Word Count: 94,755
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $7.99

When a retired mercenary finds himself without anything to do but enjoy his extensive house and new gardener, nothing but trouble can follow. The gardener, who has his own hidden agenda, can’t seem to stay away from his new boss, even though he has a “boyfriend” at home.

This story is very well written and paced nicely. The book takes place in Texas, mainly at the two homes of the main characters. However, there is plenty of drama, twists/turns and hidden agendas, with surprising action at the end. Although one of the main characters is a retired mercenary, don’t expect a lot of violence throughout, it’s more of a love story and two people learning to work through betrayal, new emotions and love.

The sex at times seems a bit gratuitous, but it’s definitely hot (and very tame). For the first time for both of the main characters, sex is more than sex – and you can feel their connection – in a glance, or in the middle of a sex scene. M/M, very vanilla – unless you count a little biting!

Overall, this is a great, quick read. You’ll instantly like the characters, even if you think you should have some reservations about them (i.e., ex-mercenary). It’s a very easy read for those just looking for some heat with a bit of mystery and agent action.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥

Read this if you like… quick M/M action, two hot potentially dangerous guys falling in love.

Jesse – Jan Irving

Jesse

Author: Jan Irving
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Word Count: 53,683
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $6.99

 

A rancher and the Coulter family are tied together, even if their obvious tie was severed three years ago. But the middle Coulter son, Jesse, can’t stop thinking about the rancher, Kyle. For the past three years that they were apart, before then if they’re honest, have shared a telepathic bond and literally can’t get one another out of their heads. When the Coulters finally return to Kyle and his ranch, they can’t wait any longer to be together. Standing in their way is the Coulter’s father and his abusive friends; a past-relationship which brought them together, but now haunts them; a large age gap; and a town full of judgment. But their bond will forever tie them together and will also help them save everything they love.

 

To be honest, the story’s concept took me awhile to get my brain around – the former lover happens to also be a Coulter, Jesse’s older brother. Jesse practically grew up with Kyle in a “father” type role, so the premise is a bit off the beaten path. However, once I was able to move past that, their connection and pull to each other came through. The sex is rushed and hurried when they are still trying to hide their relationship, which also leaves them in potentially uncomfortable circumstances. The expected roles are quickly turned on their head, which is always fun to read.

 

The sex is medium – there is a connection there, but it seemed like some details were brushed over. Also, there is a lot of talk about D/s scenes or situations, but not really played out in the book – almost as though it was written in for shock value.

 

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥
Sex Heat: 
Plot: ♥♥

 

Read this if you’re looking for a supernatural story, role reversal, or age gap stories. While not a super hot/sexy read, it was one that I wasn’t able to put down as you just want to know what happens.

A Matter of Time Book I – Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time – Book I


Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Club Lighthouse Publishing
Word Count: 61,666
Published: 2009
Fictionwise: $5.99

This series appears to be one of the highest rated series posted on several sites, so I decided to finally read it! This is a story about a stubborn man without much going on in his life, when he witnesses (randomly, I might add) a murder and steps into the middle of a huge police investigation. A police officer on the scene questions Jory, and finds that he isn’t able to leave him alone. Jory continues to live his life, refusing to let a dangerous killer force him into witness protection. While we see the beginning of a relationship develop between these characters in this book, the main focus is on establishing all of the people, players, and reasons why these two men can’t be together.

This story is well-written and best of all, it’s a story. There is a real plot, relatable characters, and people work! While there is heat and a little bit of sex, although honestly not much in this first book, the dynamics and inter-connectedness between all of the characters is truly the pull, and leaves you wanting more.

This is a very easy read and the plot and characters will pull you in. The sex is hot, but don’t read this expecting a lot of scenes or anything too detailed – that comes later in the series. While somewhat predictable at times, there are a few twists along the way.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥

Read this if you’re looking for a great story with some action (police and danger action that is) and are looking for a new series. The entire four book series is somewhat addicting, you’ll find that as soon as you get to know and love these characters, you won’t be able to put the books down until you find out what happens. The sex is hot when it happens, but don’t expect it in every chapter.

Special Delivery – Heidi Cullinan

Special Delivery

Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Word Count: 106,986
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $5.94

A trucker meets a very young and innocent, dare I say “perfect” submissive, during one of his cross-country trips in Iowa. The young boy, Sam, has experienced several recent setbacks and continues to try and make it in an un-gay friendly environment. When he meets Mitch by chance, he finally steps out of his comfort zone and starts living his own life – on his terms.

This story is well-written with great character development. You feel what Sam and Mitch feel, which is great, as the story is told from both points of view. You get inside their heads and want to yell at them when they make wrong choices, laugh with them at an inside joke, but most of all, you feel involved with their relationship.

There is SEX in this book… lots of it. Lots of detailed M/M sex, experimentation, Dominance/submission, and more. At some points, the sex dominants (no pun intended!) the story line, but just when you think you want to skip a few pages or put it down for a break, the plot picks back up.

Overall, this book is a good read – it takes place in a “new” environment than most books – on the road; is focused on the relationship between two regular guys, and takes you along the journey of Sam coming into his own person.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥

Read this if you are looking for a longer story to get involved with (it’s a series too!), a different/unique setting, a coming of age novel of sorts, or just plain sex – lots of it, lots of ways. Can you say voyeurism too?

Other authors/books to try (and why you’ll like them):

If you  liked the first, the second brings back Sam and Mitch, and a new story forms. It’s a very different read, but another unique setting with the same characteristics that you’ll find in this one.

“Slow Bloom” is another long read, and the character development is very exciting to follow. There is sex, lots of hot sex in this, but also a great plot that you can dig into.

Bound by Nature: A Forces of Nature Novel – Cooper Davis

Bound by Nature: A Forces of Nature Novel

Author: Cooper Davis
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Word Count: 53,440
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $3.83

While not my usual cup of tea anymore, this is an interesting shapeshifter story about two alpha male wolves from rival packs. Calling all werewolves/shapeshifter fans – this series will likely be for you!

The story is about how two young alpha males lives continue to cross with personal circumstances interfering with their mutual attraction. The story itself was well-written, but the plot unfolded very quickly. There were parts that could have been interesting to have learned more about, and there were clues given, that were quickly resolved.

There was only a little bit of sex in this one – two scenes, which were both very tame and lacking details. However, you could feel their shared passion, their regrets, and their relationship. If you are looking for hot werewolf sex – this is not the book for you.

Overall, this book is a great way to see if you are interested in shapeshifter M/M books – as it is focused around the story, with very tame sex (and no wolf sex scenes – THANK YOU very much!).

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥
Sex Heat:
Plot: ♥♥

Read this if you are trying to jump into something new, or be entertained by the shapeshifter craze right now. This is not the best book on the market (see below for my recommendations), but it’s a quick read with a real story and twists woven in, that you can enjoy the M/M tension while exploring a new sub-genre.

Other authors/books to try (and why you’ll like them):

One of my favorite werewolf/shapeshifter book to date is Kate Steele’s “Altered Heart.” It is a great M/M read that is action packed with a LOT of sex action. It was also a great story and read.

Loribelle Hunt’s “Lunar Mates” series is a must-read series for all werewolf fans. You are able to easily get into the story and learn the characters. The sex is more tame, but still hot (and hotter than “Bound by Nature”).

Jeigh Lynn’s “Lunar Mates” series has more traditional male/female relationships with great plots. Not for M/M fans… but definitely for werewolf fans looking for intense relationships, hot sex and an action-packed story line.

The Wish – Eden Winters

The Wish

Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Torquere Press
Word Count: 68,260
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $3.57

This book was a great find that I stumbled upon. Essentially, a long-time gay couple has kept their “sons” apart for so many years, until a tragedy brings them together. The two sons couldn’t be more different from each other – one is a struggling, down-to-earth literary enthusiast, determined to do everything on his own; the other is a playboy, happy to accept his “given” place in society and living off of his uncle.

While the story is quite predictable from the beginning and set-up, it gets there in a somewhat realistic way. These two men do n0t finally meet and suddenly fall in love – they have several misunderstandings, jealousy, anger and the such, until they finally learn to build a life together, which each other.

The sex, once it happens, is hot – but be forewarned, this is not a very “graphic” read. The sex has a little bit of flair, when it finally arrives, but this book isn’t for someone looking for some heavy erotica. But it definitely does get hot (and unexpected!).

Overall, this was a read worth diving into. The characters were well-developed and the story, was quite realistic – you will go through many emotions when reading this, a true sign that the plot itself was well thought-out and written. You will stumble upon beginning bondage and more male erotic love scenes.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat: 
Plot: ♥♥♥

Read this if you like… An enjoyable read with a predictable, but more realistic plot. Also, if you are a reader who loves a good story (with sex interspersed), this is for you!

Other authors/books to try (and why you’ll like them):

I am a big fan of Carol Lynne, especially for stories with a plot… and sex! Ok, tame sex, but action none-the-less. You’ll enjoy reading this series, currently a series of five, if you enjoyed “The Wish.”

The Name of the Game – Willa Okati

The Name of the Game

Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Torquere Press
Word Count: 45,281
Published: 2007
Fictionwise: $5.95

by Willa Okati

One of my favorite new-found authors,  stumbled a bit with “The Name of the Game.” In this book, two roommates with completely different backgrounds, are forced to face their attraction to each other under false pretense.

One roommate is gay, the other is trying to get out of his suffocating relationship with a possessive woman and uses his friendship with his roommate to break things off in an unusual manner. One thing leads to another… and their friendship grows quickly into something more.

Overall, this was an easy read with one character exploring his sexuality. Unfortunately, it was a bit contrived at parts and quite predictable, but there was just enough turmoil, missed opportunities, and sex to keep it entertaining.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥
Plot: ♥♥

Read this if you like… An enjoyable read with a predictable plot (and some tame sex thrown in!).

Other authors/books to try (and why you’ll like them):

Both of these authors and series have strong plots and are enjoyable to read. The sex is hot, but still “tame” and the main focus of each book, is on the relationship between the characters.