Eli’s Promise (The Bar Next Door, book 2)

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ElisPromise72lgTitle and Link: Eli’s Promise
Author: Lissa Matthews
Cover Artist: Kendra Egert
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing
Amazon Buy Link
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Short Novella
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Review Summary:  I did not find this book to be an interesting read because there was not enough character development and the dialogue was flat.

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A Good Vintage

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Title: A Good Vintage
Author: Ashlyn Kane
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link:  A Good Vintage
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Novel (220 pg.)
Rating: 4 stars

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: A summer crush becomes a reality when two men collide and love is realized.

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A few Fun Posts Before I Go – a Retrospective

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Tj reminded me a couple days ago about all the fun we used to have on Fridays because, in addition to theJust_Beautiful Friday Guys, I would post what he called my Friday rants about anything and everything  to do with the world of gay men, be it their sexual proclivities or something related to M/M books. My favourite targets were the lack of editing and too much sex in these books, but that’s another post. :)

Apparently I had a fixation about gay sex because I wrote a lot of posts poking fun at just about anything to do with it, so I thought I would leave you with links to a few of these afternoon delights so you can read them when you’re down or suffering from S.A.D. this winter, starting with this one written jointly with my friend, author Patric Michael who, sadly, passed away almost 18 months ago. It’s called Is a Prostate Worth Finding?

DO NOT READ THESE POSTS WHILE IN FRONT OF YOUR COMPUTER KEYBOARD OR TABLET OR YOU MIGHT SPEW YOUR COFFEE AND BLAME ME. :grumble: ALSO READ THE COMMENTS ON THE POSTS – THEY ARE EVEN FUNNIER THAN THE POSTS. :lol:

http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2011/03/11/is-a-prostate-worth-finding/

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Going Dark

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At 12.01 AM EST January 2, 2014 reviewsbyjessewave will close in its current form and reopen 2 or 3 weeks Backlater as an archive site. I could use clichéd terms like “gone fishing” or “the end of the road”, but I will spare you that. :)

Things change, and that’s a good thing. Millions of you have made countless changes in your lives due to personal circumstances, and tomorrow morning I’m shutting down something that has been in my life for almost 6 years. Many of you emailed me to say how much you will miss us and I appreciate your kind words, but there are other blogs that currently review M/M books so you will still be able to check them out before you buy. In the meantime, while he is setting up the  archive site, Christian will provide access to the last week of reviews and posts through a stripped-down version of the site during the transition; you will be able to read these posts, but you won’t be able to comment.

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Review Sites

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Hi Guys

You were asking about other review sites that review M/M books. I don’t know how many there are as I don’t have the time to visit them but there are some that review GBLTQ books and others that review mainly het with a few M/M thrown in. Here are the names of the ones that I know and I’ll leave the post open so that you readers can add your recs. in the comments. Good luck. :)

Dear Author (reviews mostly het but does some M/M)
Mrs.Condit Reads Books
Joyfully Jay
Goodreads
Elisa Rolle
Literary Nymphs
Stumbling Over Chaos

Recommended Reads — December 2013

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sense of placeHere is the list of Recommended Reads for December 2013, our last. If there are incorrect links or something I missed, please leave a comment in the post. Enjoy!

The Only One Who Matters by Cat Grant and L.A. Witt — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
The Ghost in Number 9 by Rick R. Reed — 5 stars (Lloyd Meeker)
Falls Chance Ranch by Rolf & Ranger — 5+ stars DIK (Raine)
Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Book 3) by N.R. Walker — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2) by KJ Charles — 4.75 stars (LenaLena)
The Only One Who Knows by L.A. Witt and Cat Grant — 4.75 stars (Wave)
The Little Things by Jay Northcote — 5 stars (zac)
Making It Count by Kim Dare — 5 stars (Sammy)
Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin book two) by N.R. Walker — 5 stars (Wave)
Merry Christmas, Utah by Erin O’Quinn — 4.75 stars (Orion)
The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Secrets And Ink by Lou Harper — 5+ stars DIK (Sammy)
The Trouble With Tony by Eli Easton — 5 stars (Sammy)
Brokenhearted by Cate Ashwood — 5 stars (Sammy)
Kick Start (Dangerous Ground 5) by Josh Lanyon — 5+ stars DIK (Wave)
Stealing the Wind by Shira Anthony — 5 stars (Sammy)

The Only One Who Matters

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the only one who mattersTitle and Link: The Only One Who Matters
Author: L.A. Witt and Cat Grant
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing
Amazon Buy Link The Only One Who Matters
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Genre: Contemporary M/M, military
Length: Novel
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5, DIK

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Review Summary: This book is even better than The Only One Who Knows as the intensity is greater and the MCs let their emotions dictate their actions.

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Capital Games (movie)

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cgmovieTitle: Capital Games (the movie)
Writer/Executive Producer: G.A. Hauser
Director: Ilo Orleans
Starring: Eric Presnall and Gregor Cosgrove
Distributers: The GA Hauser Collection, LLC
Amazon Buy/Watch Link
Genre: Drama
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: Unrated (Mature)
Released: 2013
Length: 97 minutes
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lasha

Summary: Based on the novel by GA Hauser, this movie follows the book very closely, so fans of that will enjoy this tale of two formerly straight men who fall in love with each other.

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My Top Books of 2013 and Recommended Reads

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For the last 5 years I have been publishing my Top Ten Books and Recommended Reads and I can’t believeAA4 this 6th year will be the last one. Sometimes you like my choices and at others you wonder what I have been smoking, and I’m sure this year will be no different :lol:  My taste is definitely not for everyone, which is the way it should be on a review site, and the reason for our success is that the tastes of the guest reviewers’ are completely different (except for Raine and Sirius who I think are twins or have the same head on different bodies, I swear) :) so there’s something for everyone.

I hope my recommendations will help a few of you in some small way in selecting books that you might have missed this year. As you know, I can only recommend on this list those books that I have actually reviewed, but I have many favourites that are not here. Some of the books released by Josh Lanyon this year that were reviewed by Tj come to mind, as well as the two books released by K.J. Charles that LenaLena reviewed, and many others. You will notice that there are a few ties on the list because I reviewed so many excellent books that I had a very difficult task, starting with No. 1, and even the rankings of the rest of the books are interchangeable. So let’s get to the main course: Here are my top books of 2013 and Recommended Reads.

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The Reluctant Berserker

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ReluctantBerserker-The72lgPublication Date: February 25 2014

Title: The Reluctant Berserker
Author: Alex Beecroft
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Buy Links: Amazon; Publisher
Genre: Historical
Length: Novel (347pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by LenaLena

Review Summary: Wonderfully rich historical novel that rubbed me the wrong way at the end.

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS WHAT SOME MAY CONSIDER TO BE SPOILERS

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A Final Word on LGBTQ News

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A Guest Post by Tj

To quote singer Rob Thomas:

Our lives are made in these small hours. These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate. Time falls away but these small hours, These little wonders still remain.”* 

Can you believe that 8,760 hours just flew by?! That’s 365 days by the way, which are a lot of hours come and gone and what do we have to show for it?

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The Gentleman’s Madness

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GentlemansMadness-The72lgTitle: The Gentleman’s Madness
Author: Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Buy Link: The Gentleman’s Madness
Amazon Buy Link:
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 227 pages
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Andrea

Review Summary: A good, heartwarming, slow-burn romance set in an environment which riddled me with anxiety.

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Sparks and Drops

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Title: Sparks & Drops
Author: Susan Laine
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Buy Link:  Sparks & Drops (The Wheel Mysteries)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (170 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: A Private Investigator and a witch team up to uncover a plot that is killing witches all over the city.

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Saint Returns (Thresl Chronicles #6)

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19565937Title and Link: Saint Returns (Thresl Chronicles #6)
Author: Amber Kell
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Amazon Buy Link – Not yet
Genre: Paranormal M/M, Sci-fi
Length: 93 pages
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lasha

Summary Review: The sixth book in The Thresl Chronicles finally brings us Saint’s story and it doesn’t disappoint!

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Coming Up This Week December 29

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bestfriendsThis will be a very short post because I only have 4 days to cover. A lot is happening this week but most important is the site closure.

Yesterday Aunt Lynn posted the Guest Reviewers Top Books in 2013. If you haven’t seen it here’s a link

Today Tam wrote a post about Changes which is very interesting considering what she has already done and will be doing later this year. Do check it out.

Tomorrow, December 30,  Tj will tell you all about what happened in  the GBLTQ world over the past year. His article is called A Final Word on GBLTQ News., It’s great (and funny too) as only Tj can write funny. :)

Also tomorrow I will be posting my Top Books in 2013 and Recommended Reads

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