Author Spotlight – Alexis Hall

I have been on an Alexis Hall binge.  I read For Real a while back but none of the other Spires Universe stories.  So I started with Glitterland, then  Glitterland Aftermath, Waiting For the Flood and re-read For Real. Happy sigh!

Glitterland Spires Book 1 by Alexis HallTitle: Glitterland
Author: Alexis Hall
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: August 26, 2013
MM Contemporary, humor, depression, glitter pirates


The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

My rating: LYLBTB 50 star

I loved this story. Darian is a character easy to love, if not always easy to understand (Essex) He is honest and endearing while Ash is a bit snobbish and dealing with some issues that greatly affect how he interacts with everyone, not just Darian. I am finding that Alexis Hall is becoming one of my favorite storytellers. The story is humorous, thoughtful, and at times heartbreaking and so very good.

Glitterland Spires Book 1 by Alexis HallGlitterland Aftermath (Glitterland 1.5)
Author: Alexis Hall
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: October 28, 2013
Free read :  RiptidePublishing
Blurb: Enjoy this free erotic short, courtesy of Alexis Hall and Riptide Publishing.
A moment of homecoming for Ash and Darian…

Immediately after the events of Glitterland, Ash and Darian return to Ash’s flat and explore everything that’s changed… and everything that’s stayed the same.

This is a lovely follow up to Glitterland.  I love Darian and Ash.  4,5 stars

WaitingForTheFlood_500x750Title: Waiting For The Flood
Author:  Alexis Hall
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: February 23, 2015

LYLBTB 50 star


People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin’s quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons, but he offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.
As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can’t protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn’t need to try.

I loved this story.  The writing is beautiful and poetic.  Here is a wonderful, more in-depth review by Kris at Joyfully Jay Reviews

ForReal_500x750Title: For Real
Author: Alexis Hall
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
LYLBTB 50 star


Blurb: Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.

The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.

It can’t be real.


I adored this book!    I would like to share this review from  Allison on Goodreads.  It is wonderful!

I hope you enjoy these reviews and I highly recommend these books by Alexis Hall.

Happy Reading


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Books and Reviews -February 22, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend.  This looks to be a very eventful week.

Last week I had internet issues that lasted four days.  Ugh!

I have been super busy with, well, life.  I know we all are, but lately trying to find time to  read or listen to audiobooks has gotten harder to do.   I have read some really good ones though and want to share them with you.  Unfortunately I do not have time to sit down and write an in depth review.  Luckily for you and me there are some awesome review sites and I will include their reviews when possible. (The stars are my ratings of the books.  My rating and the reviewers rating may vary slightly)  Here are a few:

Dancer of Death SPECTR 2 Book 2 by Jordan L HawkDancer of Death by Jordan L Hawk – 5 star!  MM paranormal romance,(Great review here by BJ at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words) amazonBuyButton


Farm Fresh by Posy RobertsFarm Fresh (Naked Organics Book 1) by Posy Roberts, 4.0/5.0 stars – MM Contemporary Romance,  (Great review here at Joyfully Jay by Sammy) amazonBuyButton


Catch a tiger by the tail by Charlie CochetCatch A Tiger by the Tail Thirds Book #6 by Charlie Cochet,  4.5/5.0  MM shifter,  military, action, romance (Excellent review here at The Novel Approach by Karen)  amazonBuyButton


The Line by Angel MartinezThe Line by Angel Martinez  4.5/5.0  MM, Vampires, paranormal, romance amazonBuyButton

I loved this lighter Angel Martinez book. Her vampire mythology is fun and the introduction of a Krsnik had me searching google for more information when I had finished the book. (I love it when I find something new to explore)
The main characters are charming and the story is fast paced and sexy. A great quick read.

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh LanyonJefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon 4.0/5.0  MM, Contemporary, mystery, romance, suspense.  amazonBuyButton 

This was a fun adventure, mystery book with some quirky characters. Jefferson is a trouble magnet and is at a crossroads in his life. This is what brings him to Europe with his grandfather’s copy of Esquire’s Europe in Style. It’s time for adventure and hopefully figure things out. A case of mistaken identity leads to an unplanned reunion with his old friend George. From there it is one mishap after another that sets the tone for a fast paced, suspense, mystery romance.
It was a fun read and I am hoping the author revisits these two characters sometime. I think they could have some outstanding adventures together.

How to Walk like a Man by Eli EastonHow to Walk Like a Man (Howl at the Moon Book 2) by Eli Easton 4.5/5.0     MM, Shifters, Dogs, Contemporary, humor.   amazonBuyButtonThis is a wonderful series.  the audiobooks are excellent too.  Here is a review by one of my favorite reviewers on Goodreads.  ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~‘s review  

Last but not least,

The Subs Club by J A RockThe Subs Club (The Subs Club book 1) by J.A. Rock  4.5/5.0   MM, contemporary, BDSM, D/s, Humor.  amazonBuyButton  Wonderful start to a new series by one of my favorite authors.   Here is a wonderful review at It’s About The Book by Booksmitten

Happy Reading


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