Jesse – Jan Irving


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.

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.