Author Archives: J.K. Hogan

GRL 2013 Recap – A Newbie Perspective

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When Wave first asked me if I wanted to write a post about GayRomLit, I was a bit skeptical—mainly because I spent most of the week in a fangirl state of shock and awe. I’m lucky I even remember the happenings at all, as I was wandering around in my little bubble of amazement and OMFG. But I really enjoyed my first GRL so, what the hell. I apologize in advance for the rather narrative nature of this post, but it’s the best way I can describe the week.

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Out of the Blackness

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18187566Title: Out of the Blackness
Author: Carter Quinn
Cover Artist: SJL Graphics, LLC
Publisher: Carter Quinn Books
Buy Links: Amazon, All Romance
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Long novel (380 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: An emotional journey of recovery and a young man learning to love—not only someone else, but himself as well.

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Love, Like Water

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18054865Title: Love, Like Water
Author: Rowan Speedwell
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Buy Links: Amazon, Dreamspinner
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (284 pages)
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

five star + DIK read 2

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: Everything I like in a novel; Cowboys, Horses, Angst, and a fantastic HEA

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Wild Horses

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18046452Title: Wild Horses
Author: Kate Pavelle
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Dreamspinner
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Long Novel (350 pages)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: A good book with a lot going on, though I didn’t connect as well as I would like.

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The Buyout

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18044545Title: The Buyout
Author: Bru Baker
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novella (125 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: A fun, fast paced novella with an adorable geeky hero. :)

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Don’t Trust the Cut

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17971066Title: Don’t Trust the Cut
Author: Kade Boehme
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Publisher: Loose Id
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (208 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: A heart-wrenching, gut-busting, rollercoaster ride of a book, of which I loved every minute.

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Painting in the Rain

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17909337Title: Painting in the Rain
Author: Dev Bentham
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Quill
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: extended novella (34K words)
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: Not perfect, but an entertaining summer read.

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Attachment Strings

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18038265Title: Attachment Strings
Author: Chris T. Kat
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (244 pages)
Rating: 1 star out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: A book that I had high hopes for based on the blurb, but I ended up struggling to finish.

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Cold

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17829083Title: Cold
Author: Brandon Shire
Cover Artist: TPG Books
Publisher: TPG Books
Buy Link: Amazon
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (215 pages)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: Something new that changed my perception of how I view romance novels.

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Chasing the King of the Mountains

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17832281Title: Chasing the King of the Mountains
Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Buy Links: Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (140 pages)
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: An intriguing friends to lovers story that I enjoyed, but wanted a little more from.

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Sam’s Reviews

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17834042Title: Sam’s Reviews
Author: Jan Irving
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (146 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: A heartwarming story about making your own family—with a little sexy and a little mysterious on the side!

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Fantasy For Sale

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17914779Title: Fantasy For Sale
Author: Sage Marlowe
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Buy Link: Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (165 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: This book was an unexpected journey that definitely defied what I thought I’d be reading based on the blurb.

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A Good Name For a Hero

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17832127Title: A Good Name For a Hero
Author: D.E. Elledge
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: An interesting mystery with a romance that fell short of the mark.

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Perfect Match

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17456424Title: Perfect Match
Author: J.J. Ryan
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Publisher
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by J.K. Hogan

Review Summary: A book that I probably shouldn’t have liked but, despite some issues, really held my attention.

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