It’s the middle of May, what are you reading? Nothing? Let’s fix that right now. Start with this list, stat.
Black Hawk Tattoo by Aundrea Singer
Galway Bound by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
Greenwode by J. Tullos Hennig
Acceleration by Amelia C. Gormley
Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane
The Pit Boss by Dakota Rebel
Plan B by SJD Peterson
Pretty Monsters Josh of the Damned book 1 by Andrea Speed
Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane is a wonderful short novella with its vivid sensory details, close third-person viewpoint, and appealing main characters with relatable problems. It should appeal to fans of opposites-attract romances as stoic, brooding, conscientious Hank finds himself pursued by flamboyant, sweet, extroverted Justin.
Meanwhile, Hank’s relationship with his four-year-old niece Josie is priceless. He doesn’t have much experience with parenting (though he helped to raise himself and his troubled younger sister when they were kids). Meanwhile, Josie is a real, ...more
Plan B by SJD Peterson is a compelling, emotional, and erotic story of opposites-attract within a college setting. It takes the well-worn pairing of athlete with nerd-and-or-effeminate-man and makes some fresh changes. Lance might be a football player, but he is also sensitive, caring, and hardworking. Danny is not a nerdy or an effeminate type. Instead, he’s a gorgeous, extroverted theater major who enjoys toning down his masculine looks with make-up and stylish clothes to achieve an androgynous beauty.
The frequency of the hot ...more
Mark of the Gladiator by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane is an intricately researched historical set during the time of moral corruption that marked the Roman Empire. It weaves together two storylines. The first involves a romance and mystery set within an aristocratic family. Someone is trying to kill one of two highborn brothers, and our hero is drawn to both men. Here, I think the mystery takes center stage over the romance.
The second storyline, which I found most compelling, focuses on our hero ...more
Black Hawk Tattoo by Aundrea Singer features two things I always hope to see. First, it has a specific setting in Toronto, Canada, complete with landmarks, streets, and neighborhoods. Second, it gives us the vivid workplace details of one of the main characters, a tattoo artist. Gay romance is full of characters who are tattoo artists, but this author has written the most believable one I’ve ever encountered. Meanwhile, the story beautifully handles serious subjects such as post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, recovery, dysfunctional families, ...more
Greenwode by J. Tullos Hennig opens in 12th century England with a peasant boy Rob cutting through Sherwood Forest on an errand from his father, who is one of the king’s foresters. Rob rescues Gamelyn, an injured boy his own age who has been thrown from his horse. This leads to a friendship between Gamelyn and Rob’s older sister Marion – though Gamelyn is the youngest son of the Norman overlord Sir Ian. Rob’s parents tolerate this because they sense that Gamelyn’s fate is ...more
Do you love same-sex romances? Ellora’s Cave’s Shelley Munro and Avril Ashton share what they love about their same-sex romance stories.
Shelley Munro: Wanna Do Bad Things With You
In this gay sports romance, Tyson Hamlin lives and breathes rugby. He’s a natural and tipped to make the national team. A pity his private life isn’t going quite as well. You see, Ty secretly likes men and one man in particular trips his switch. Now all he needs to do is make a move ...more
ARe welcomes romance author Kay Berrisford to the Cafe!
Robin Hood’s been famous for eight hundred years. He’s passed the greatest endurance test, so what’s his appeal? For me, the answer is obvious. He’s always the good guy and always on the side of right. He’s loyal and brave. He’ll fight to the death for a good cause and for the people he cares for. He’s the ultimate hero but he’s also incredibly adaptable. Every generation has rewritten his story in different ways. He’s ...more
The weather is gorgeous here, perfect for sitting outside with a reading device. If you’re looking for more M/M for your TBR list, try these titles:
Butterfly Hunter by Julie Bozza
Home Work by Kaje Harper
How to Save a Life by Sloan Parker
Krewe Daddy by Margie Church
Man’s Best Friends by PA Brown
My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap! by Wade Kelly
Ninja Cupcakes by TA Chase
Show and Tell by Kate McMurray
Show and Tell by Kate McMurray is a fun, fast-paced read about Dan and Mal who meet in Mal’s antiques shop and learn that they are star-crossed lovers destined to reincarnate and find each other repeatedly through the centuries. The smooth writing, vivid New York City setting, and appealing characters should please the readers. At 79,641 words, the novel unfolds in two alternating third-person viewpoints, and features a down-to-earth, light, adventurous tone.
My favorite aspect of the story is how Dan and Mal experiment with accessing their ...more
Allie Ritch: Today (5/20/13), my log line for Husbandry is up at The Log Line Blog at theloglineblog.blogspot.com. Anyone who comments on my or any of the other daily log lines is entered in the monthly contest (as outlined by The Log Line Blog).
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Wendi Zwaduk: Vaulting is now up at @AllRomance and I can’t be happier!
Can these two hard-headed men find common ground and passion in each other’s arms or are they destined to fail in the biggest competition of all—the game of love?
Get yours today!
6 days, 7 hours ago ago