To read, reading, read.

My To read list has grown like wild fire this week. The list is varied covering several genres.  Here is a brief list of the ones I could not resist buying:

Brothers in Arms by TA WebbBrother’s in Arms (The Broken Road Cafe #2) By T.A. Webb

I love Tom Webb’s writing style and enjoyed the first book in this series very much.  Check out his Goodreads page for more for this wonderful author:

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Blurb:

Betrayed on every front, Dan O’Leary cashed in all his chips and moved from the big city life of Atlanta to small town Blue Ridge, Georgia. While licking his wounds, he never meant to start a new relationship, especially with closeted Chief of Police Nick Oliver.

But now all Dan’s hot buttons are being pushed. One of his employees is being terrorized by seemingly upstanding townspeople. Then worst of all, he’d promised himself he’d never be anyone’s dirty little secret, and when Nick’s fear of being outed causes him to hurt Dan, Dan knows there’re problems in paradise.

With trouble on all sides—a homophobic football coach, an ex lover, and his former best friend—it takes a shot in the dark before he realizes the real danger. It’s time for Dan to figure out who he can trust and close ranks with his brothers in arms.

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Broken Pieces by Riley HeartBroken Pieces by Riley Hart

I am not sure who recommended this one to me but it sounds intriguing.

Blurb:

Can three broken pieces make a whole?

Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.

Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.

Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.

Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.

Told uniquely in three parts and spanning over ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.

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Queers by A.J. RoseQueers by A.J. Rose

This book has come highly recommended.  It is definitely near the top of my TBR list.

Blurb:

Within her walls are stories. Love. Laughter. Tears. Lives lived to the fullest, and sometimes cut short before they really get started. She’s seen it all, from homelessness to super-stardom, boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as lamps, and boy, does she have secrets she could tell. Her one truth is that everyone who darkens her doors is accepted with open arms and a song.

Her name is Queers, and for one of L.A.’s few dueling piano bars, she has a lot of heart. On her stage, the beautiful voice of Duff McKinley rings so true he captures the shattered heart of his boss, Brad Mosely, who checked out of life three years ago. But even lifelong dreams have untold consequences.

Duff came to L.A. to chase his musical aspirations, but his best friend Garrett Slater accompanied him to chase a wish of his own: finding The One, his white knight. He believes Landon Kennedy fits the bill. Suave, handsome, and powerful in the music industry, Landon can show Garrett a life he’s only seen in movies. But even as Landon helps Duff realize his dreams, he brings Garrett into a nightmare he may never leave, one from which Garrett’s roommate, Jackson Moriarty, is determined to rescue him. If Garrett repays Jackson by seeing his own charms, so much the better.

Yes, within her walls, Queers has long history. Unrequited love, sinister intentions, fame, fortune, and a group of friends and lovers who would do anything for each other no matter the cost.

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How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles

Josephine Myles is one of my favorite authors!  She has a delightful sense of humor and always comes through when I need a pick me up.  I love books with a bit of kink and I can’t wait to see what she does with the BDSM theme. A friend of mine at It’s About The Book reviewed the ARC here: (not spoilerish at all) It's About The Book Badge

Blurb:

Sometimes the little head really does know best.

Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.

What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.

Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.

Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.

Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.

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OK. What I am currently reading:

Beneath The Stain Amy Lane  I am on part four of the Serial novel by Amy Lane called Beneath The Stain.  Oh my goodness, this is pure Amy Lane.  Angst, pain, love, loss,healing, beautiful phrasing, and characters that have captured my heart.  I cannot wait to start part four.  (As I have sporadic reading time lately – I am saving this for when I can read obsessively without too much interruption. 🙂

 

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Inappropriate Roads A Max Vos Anthology  Inappropriate Roads: A Max Vos Anthology

I enjoy Max Vos writing style.  He writes it like he sees it and makes no apologies.  His writing is fun and humorous and the sex down and dirty.  This is an anthology with a couple of previously released works as well as some new ones.  I just started this one tonight. 🙂

 

Blurb:

It’s time for a journey along some inappropriate roads….
Along the way, you’ll meet a host of interesting men: the shy teacher, more than a few bears, the geeky numismatist, and the hunky glass artist, to name but a few.
They all have a story to tell, and it won’t be long before you spot the common theme – hot encounters with even hotter men. And these guys don’t pull any punches, so expect to find yourself getting hot under the collar.
So if you’re ready, we’ll be off. Fasten your seatbelts, please.
And then hold on for an exhilarating ride….

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Now on to what I have Read:

Stitch Gothika #1  Stitch (Gothika #1) by Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, Eli Easton and Sue Brown.

“Stitch is an anthology of 4 novellas by m/m romance authors, each with a Frankenstein/Creature theme. It is the first in a series of gothic m/m romance anthologies called gothika”.

I love anthologies and I was not sure if I would enjoy this one.  Creatures?  I was pleasantly surprised.  Everything from steam punk to sci-fi, golems and one that I am not sure how to categorize – but borders Sci-fi.  All in all I enjoyed the entire anthology.

4.5 stars overall.

Brandilyn at Prism Book Alliance did a wonderful review of the anthology that is right in line with my thoughts.  You can find it here:

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Muscling Through JL Merrow  Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow

  Blurb:

The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.

Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.

Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.

Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al. 

Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.

This was my first J.L. Merrow.  My friend J. recommended it because I love stories with a sense of humor and a British voice with that humor is just a bonus.  This book is a classic opposites attract but with depth.  Larry is a posh professor, while Al is the stereotypical working class guy who also happens to be an artist.  Al doesn’t understand why someone like Larry would be attracted to him except for what they have physically – which is hot, but they have the art in common too, not that Al realizes that.

Their first meeting had me laughing out loud.  Al is so naive, he misunderstands Larry’s reaction to him and the results are hilarious.  Al is such a gentle soul and I could not help but find him endearing.  Larry’s family is not so enamored with Al and I was ready for them to mind their own business.  Luckily after a series of misunderstanding, Larry comes to his senses and then has the task of convincing Al they are, indeed, right for one another.  This was sweet, romantic and fun.

4.5 stars

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Whew!  If you have made it to this point, Thank You!  I hope you have found something in these list that looks interesting.

Happy Reading,

Melyna

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