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REVIEW: The Dove In The Belly by Jim Grimsley

At the University of North Carolina, Ronny's made some friends, kept his secrets, survived dorm life, and protected his heart. Until he can't. Ben is in some ways Ronny's opposite; he's big and solid where Ronny is small and slight. Ben's at UNC on a football scholarship. Confident, with that easy jock swagger, and an… Continue reading REVIEW: The Dove In The Belly by Jim Grimsley

Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · MM romance · self-discovery · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Tell My Our Story by Anyta Sunday

Icy, standoffish Jonathan Hart always turned towards that laugh. Full-throated, uninhibited, addictive. Soft smiles encouraging him over swing bridges. Hearty chuckles dancing around a ballroom. Wobbly grins. Double-glances. Eyes that brightened the world. His world. From the moment he met David O’Hara, Jonathan started forming a smile of his own. And then O’Hara left. One… Continue reading REVIEW: Tell My Our Story by Anyta Sunday

Books · coming out · Contemporary · grief · HIV · lgbtqia content · mental health · MM romance · part of series · self-discovery · sexually explicit

REVIEW: In Step (Painted Bay #3) by Jay Hogan

Karma. You reap what you sow, and KANE MARTIN isn’t looking for forgiveness. But the arrival of ABE TYLER in Painted Bay has Kane dreaming of the impossible. The sexy, silver fox choreographer is determined to pull Kane out from the shadows, but Kane’s life is in neat little boxes for a reason. A past… Continue reading REVIEW: In Step (Painted Bay #3) by Jay Hogan

Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · Novella · read the trigger warnings · self-discovery · young adult

REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

Calm Undone is a young adult novel that tackles many of the issues relevant to young people today (feelings of loss, a dawning sense of self, and the awakening of attraction) with a gentle, accepting approach. Seventeen-year-old Tyler wants three things from his summer at the family beach-house: Run along the beach to get ready… Continue reading REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

Books · Contemporary · grief · mental health · MM romance · part of series · romance · self-discovery · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Sink Or Swim by Annabeth Albert

Winning and losing are subject to sexy interpretation… Navy chief Calder Euler loves to win big. His latest score? A remote mountain cabin. Checking it out is supposed to be a quick trip, but Calder’s luck abruptly turns when a freak injury and a freakier snowstorm leave him stranded. Oh, and the cabin isn’t empty.… Continue reading REVIEW: Sink Or Swim by Annabeth Albert

British Columbian Content · canadian · Contemporary · Excerpt · grief · Holiday Story · mental health · MM romance · read the trigger warnings · romance · sexually explicit

Release Blitz, Excerpt and Review: Ginger Snapping All The Way by Gabbi Grey

RELEASE BLITZ and AUDIOBOOK TOUR Book Title: Ginger Snapping All the Way Author: Gabbi Grey Publisher: Self-Published Narrator: Michael Dean Release Date: November 15, 2021 Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance Tropes: Hurt/comfort, lumberjack/nurse, grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity Themes: Redemption, forgiveness Heat Rating: 4 flames Length: 8 hours and 8 minutes It is a standalone story and does… Continue reading Release Blitz, Excerpt and Review: Ginger Snapping All The Way by Gabbi Grey

Books · Contemporary · grief · MM romance · musicians · my faves · part of series · queer disneyland · read the trigger warnings · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Elliot, Song of the Soulmate by Anyta Sunday

When you have the love of your life, you hold on tight. You don’t let go. Debate champ extraordinaire Elliot Anneston is a master in persuasion. He wins at everything. Until he meets sexy Scottish transfer Wentworth McAllister. Suddenly he doesn’t know what’s up and what’s up. The world is a whirlwind of feeling, and… Continue reading REVIEW: Elliot, Song of the Soulmate by Anyta Sunday

Books · Contemporary · grief · mental health · MM romance · neurodiversity · part of series · read the trigger warnings · sequel · sexually explicit · substance abuse

REVIEW: Reformed: Responsible Adult #3

Micky O’Neill and Dan Peters now live in Wales, bringing up Micky’s disabled little brother away from small-minded Heathwood and close to Micky’s deceased mother’s family. Things are fine…until Dan begins his dream career as an English teacher at the local school and Micky, main caregiver to Flynn, is isolated in a village that only… Continue reading REVIEW: Reformed: Responsible Adult #3

Books · coming out · Contemporary · diverse characters · grief · lgbtqia content · mental health · neurodiversity · new adult · own voices author · read the trigger warnings · self-discovery

REVIEW: Tonight We Rule The World by Zack Smedley

From the critically acclaimed author of Deposing Nathancomes an explosive examination of identity, voice, and the indelible ways our stories are rewritten by others. In the beginning, Owen’s story was blank . . . then he was befriended by Lily, the aspiring author who helped him find his voice. Together, the two have spent years… Continue reading REVIEW: Tonight We Rule The World by Zack Smedley

Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · mystery · Paranormal · part of series · sci-fi / fantasy · sequel

REVIEW: Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton

They are my harvest, and I will reap them all. Returning to Guthrie, Oklahoma, Adam Binder once again finds himself in the path of deadly magic when a dark druid begins to prey on members of Adam’s family. It all seems linked to the death of Adam’s father many years ago—a man who may have… Continue reading REVIEW: Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton

Books · coming out · grief · HIV · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · own voices author · read the trigger warnings · sequel · young adult

REVIEW: Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an achingly romantic, tender tale sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi. In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in… Continue reading REVIEW: Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Books · coming out · Contemporary · diverse characters · grief · mental health · part of series · read the trigger warnings · sexually explicit · substance abuse

REVIEW: Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2) by C.F. White

Love isn't always responsible. After Micky O’Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits. Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home, and the return of… Continue reading REVIEW: Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2) by C.F. White