Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: Ribbons and Frills by Claire Davis and Al Stewart

Ribbons and Frills costume sewing factory has always been about creating dreams, but when the owner asks his very upper-class son to take over, sparks fly, and not just from the sewing machines. The last time manager Gary Shaw saw Ashley Turner-Hoff was a year ago, when he left Gary standing on the beach with a broken heart and sand in his underwear.

Ashley Turner-Hoff has a plan to save the factory which involves one famous mannequin and a fashion show in London.

Can Gary forgive Ashley and give him a second chance? Can Ribbons and Frills really compete against top fashion designers, and do Gary's dreams of being on stage finally come true?

Find out in this summer story of sequins, sand, and surprises!

Dani's rating:

When I was a teenager, I was completely obsessed with the movie The Cutting Edge.

It's probably not a great movie, but I loved the enemies-to-lovers theme even then, and, god, do I love a good underdog story.

Ribbons and Frills is just that: a story about a small costume factory in England that's holding on by a thread and two guys on the brink of something if only they'd listen and try, really try.

Gary, the factory manager, is a talented guy, and his colleagues are damn good craftsmen. They care about what they do, but business is dwindling, and so are Gary's dreams.

It's no help at all when Ashley, the pompous son of the factory owner, shows up (again) in June with a new idea to revive the factory.

Gary doesn't trust Ashley. After all, Ashley is the one who left last summer, leaving Gary in this "dump" of a town: So, I'm off back to uni tomorrow, thank God. I don't think I could stay here another week. You're a great guy though, Gary.

Yeah, a great guy good for a summer fuck, not sophisticated or cool enough for someone the likes of Mr. Ashley Turner-Hoff.

Launch of LoveLight Publishing - Guest Post by Jesalin Cresswell

For the launch of LoveLight Publishing
we are happy to welcome Jesalin Cresswell

My childhood was one of constant travel and change. My family moved between London and Sydney, causing me to be the New Kid on more than one painful occasion. I was quiet, self conscious, and found forming friendship difficult. This was especially true as I began to discover that my young burgeoning crushes on classmates were not like the other girls’– I was very clearly not interested in any of the boys in the class. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time pretending to be invisible.

Luckily, there existed a place where I could go and hide my confusion and fears. Books. I discovered the magic of a cool library on a hot Australian afternoon, where the towering books offered me a second home. I still remember the way I sunk down into the first comfortable chair I found, a large romance story on my knee, feeling able to finally relax after weeks of angst. I loved that first moment of opening a new story, eager to see what world I was going to discover that day, and what new friend I was going to meet.

My favorite books of all were historical in nature. The pomp of ancient Rome, the grandeur of Regency England, the struggle of American pioneers. These wonderful histories were awash with exciting times and events, where people struggled to figure out who they were and what they wanted their world to become. For a young girl questioning everything about herself, it was hugely comforting to read that while times were not always easy, Happily Ever Afters were possible. If other women had found their way out of much trickier situations, I figured I could make it through High School.

I did eventually leave the library. As with most things, age made things better. I grew out of my awkwardness (mostly, although my partner may lovingly disagree) and went on to pursue my own adventures. I found the joy of being in a loving relationship with a woman, achieved my dream of becoming a teacher, and moved to my permanent home in the United States. After all my struggles, I am now able to help other students find their way in those vulnerable, confusing years.

But while time inevitably brought changes, I think that all those hours spent reading historical fiction was really what helped me blossom. The more I read about the passionate, strong women who made up our past, the more I felt confident in my own skin. This was especially true as I read stories on gay and lesbian history. I realized that there were people like me who had achieved happiness and contentment, even if they had a rough road to walk upon.

Today, I write Victorian romances because I remember how much historical fiction helped me grow as a kid. I hope other young women read these stories and realize that love is universal, and it is a beautiful thing to fight for, no matter where or when you happen to live.


Miranda Dashwood was born wealthy, but now she struggles to survive: her deceased father's gambling debts have crippled the household. With no skills and no experience, Miranda resigns herself to the world's oldest profession and loathes every moment of her new life... Until she meets Valerie.

Valerie Wilde is the Madam of The Crimson Manor, an exclusive and successful brothel. When one of her most popular girls leaves, Valerie has to find another, fast. Her clients are demanding and discerning, and Valerie's task is no easy one: most harlots are too unrefined, too vulgar...
Until she meets Miranda.
Confused by their desire for one another, the women are drawn together by their forbidden feelings. And all the while, Valerie is terrified that Miranda will leave her for the life of a kept mistress. But Miranda has her own ideas on what the future holds, and will do whatever it takes to make her vision reality.

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“I suspect my father was murdered" she said, the sudden sound of her voice after not speaking a syllable startling Valerie. The madam’s dark eyes were round as she looked to this forthright young woman and wondered if she'd been reading her thoughts. "Or he murdered himself. Either way, whatever my former station, I've no special claim above you now. Stripped of her jewels and carriages, an heiress is just another woman."

She sounded so resigned, so resolute that her fate was no different than it should be, even as a single crystal tear formed in her luminous green eye. She blinked it away in moments, and returned Valerie’s hungry gaze with her own cool acceptance. The sight of a tongue peeking at the corner of a mouth, the ragged breaths of the amorous male, the appraisal of her fellow whores was evidently becoming commonplace to her.

“You take no pleasure in it?"

Monday, June 29, 2015

ARC Review: A Casual Thing by Annabelle Jacobs

Patrick Mason travels to Bristol to spend the summer with his brother, Ben. He’s cat sitting for the first two weeks while Ben goes on holiday. But Ben neglected to tell him he wouldn’t be doing it alone. Will Adams—Ben’s mate and Patrick’s long-time crush—is staying in Ben’s guest room while he waits to move into his new house after a breakup.

Against his better judgment, Patrick convinces Will that a little no-strings fun is just what they need. Patrick doesn’t want to get involved with a guy on the rebound, and Will isn’t interested in starting something serious with a student. But Patrick’s never been good at separating sex from feelings, and this time is no exception. As their weeks together draw to a close, they need to decide if they have something worth pursuing or if it’s really just a casual thing.

Dani's rating:

If you like light, low angst stories with a sprinkle of smexy and a side of British boys, look no further.

Annabelle Jacobs' writing is addictive. It's like licking an ice cream cone. Before you know it, you're done and sticky.

Patrick has had an unrequited crush on his older brother's best friend Will for ages. When Pat finds out he'll be sharing a flat with Will for two weeks, he doesn't know whether to be excited or terrified.

Cue towel drop scene in the kitchen, and suddenly Will is seeing Patrick not as a boy but a MAN.

But Will doesn't want to do a long-distance relationship, much less with a student. Will's ex traveled a lot and cheated on him, and Will doesn't want a repeat.

Bookblast: Brick By Brick by Cate Ashwood and LJ LaBarthe

Please say hello to Cate Ashwood and LJ LaBarthe who are bringing us

Brick By Brick


They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.
Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house—the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house—brick by brick.


ZACH FELT as if he was floating. He’d been planning this escape for weeks, but now that it was actually happening, it didn’t seem real. He chanced a quick look at Parley as they merged onto the highway. What could possibly be better than running away with his best friend?
He’d had his doubts that Parley would actually come with him. After being turned down the first time, Zach had prepared himself for disappointment, but now they were leaving together and Zach couldn’t have been happier.

“Where should we go?” Zach asked. He had some vague ideas in mind, but he wanted his friend’s input more than anything.

Blogtour: Un-Deniable by Lisa Worrall

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Title: Un-Deniable

Series: Left At The Crossroads #3

Author: Lisa Worrall

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Length: 45,000 words

Release Date: June 29, 2015

Un-Deniable jpgBlurb: 

Little Mowbury is a sleepy English village deep in the Cotswolds. The kind of village where you’re only a local if your lineage can be traced back to the dinosaurs. Where you can find everything in the single village shop from morning newspapers to dry-cleaning, and getting your shoes mended. And, of course, where everybody knows everybody else’s business. It’s easy to find… you can’t miss it… just ask anyone and they’ll tell you… “It’s left at the crossroads.”

Oliver Bradford has had enough of the hustle and bustle of the A&E department in a big city hospital. Not to mention the tension caused by the break-up of his three year relationship with one of the hospital’s top surgeons. When his sister urges him to apply for the position of GP in the quiet village of Little Mowbury, he wonders if this might be just the fresh start he needs. Unfortunately, hitting the post-mistresses’ dog with his car isn’t the best introduction to his patients.

A solitary soul, Deano Wells grew up in Little Mowbury and has been having lunch at the Thatcher’s Arms on a Thursday for the last thirty-five years. First with his father, who brought him to the pub at the tender age of ten after a hard morning in the fields, and then by himself after his father passed on. He runs the farm with a practised hand and minds his business mostly, but that doesn’t stop Oliver from being drawn to the big, quiet man and he knows the feeling is mutual, so why does Deano keep pushing him away?


“Lost, are ya?”
Jesus!” Oliver exclaimed. He spun round to find a weathered face staring at him over the hedge. “You scared the crap out of me.”
Lost, are ya?” the elderly farmer repeated.
Oliver couldn’t see any mode of transportation, so where had the old man come from? All he had was a walking stick and a border collie. Maybe he flew in on the stick, or rode in on the dog. Oliver’s inner voice wasn’t exactly being helpful, so he ignored it and pasted what he hoped was a winning smile on his face. “Yes, sir, I am. My GPS gave out on me about ten miles ago.”
The old man gave a disapproving grunt. “Can’t be doing with those new fangled electro gadgets. They never work round ‘ere. Sun’s best way to get ya where you’re goin’.”

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ARC Review: Behind Closed Doors (Browerton University #1.5) by A.J. Truman

Behind Closed Doors (Browerton University #1.5)
At Browerton University, a lot can happen behind closed doors.

Two frat brothers can reveal their true feelings. An honor student’s dark past can come to light. Ten hours in a car can turn strangers into lovers. And a coach can teach his star quarterback a very valuable lesson.

Catch up with some familiar Browerton students and meet new ones. Four stories. Four doors. Endless possibilities.

Door Number One: The Whitmore Room (Out in the Open prequel)
Door Number Two: Is There a Porn Star in my Class?
Door Number Three: Road Trip Cone of Silence
Door Number Four: Coach’s Revenge

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a collection of gay new adult romance stories filled with humor, heart and hot guys.

Todd’s rating:

After reading and loving "Out in the Open", I was extremely excited to get the ARC for book 1.5 in the series. This new book is a set of 4 short stories, which contain various characters from book 1, along with some completely new characters.

First, I need to come clean and tell you that short stories in general aren't my favorite. Even if it's only a shorter novella, I much prefer one single story line to multiple unrelated or thinly-related standalone stories.

So when compared to "Out in the Open," "Behind Closed Doors" met with varying degrees of success for me from story to story.

Below are my thoughts on each of the individual stories.


Door No. 1: The Whitmore Room

Before reading this one, it's important that you remember who Mason was from book 1, otherwise, the entire story will only end up pissing you off.

Mason was Greg's fraternity big brother from book 1. The big brother who was Greg's first gay experience, who told him the next morning that "nothing happened," then to shut the fuck up and drop it, after aggressively pinning him to the wall.

This one was odd for me, because through the entire story, it was obvious how Mason really liked his little brother and how Greg idolized Mason. I had 3 little brothers in my own fraternity in college, so yes, I know what a close relationship that can be. (Completely non-sexually in my case, thanks.)

That's why the total about face from Mason really left me with an awful taste in my mouth for the guy. Plus, Mason was a senior and *engaged* to be married after graduation, so his betrayal of Greg's feelings, plus the heating made me really dislike this entire story. I'd have rather have had this back story remain a mystery.

2 *I-wish-my-chick-had-a-dick* stars for this one.


Door No. 2: Is There a Porn Star In My Class?

The second story is Blake's. Blake was the blond twink who dated Ethan's would-be love interest, Preston (the douche who turned out to be all 'rapey'), in book 1.

There's a cute guy in one of Blake's classes who looks shockingly similar to a porn star on one of Blake's favorite porn sites -- only hairier and a bit less fit.

Blake embarks on a crazy mission to find out if Mitchell is in fact the infamous porn actor (of his dreams,) Austin Cory.

But Blake needs to see 'more' of Mitchell, if he's going to compare porn Austin to real-life Mitchell; however, he was definitely not going to sleep with him. Maybe he could see the good if he gave Mitchell a light hand job. What the hell was a light hand job?

This story was cute and fun, but didn't completely blow my socks off, mostly because of my preference for longer reads.

3.5 *heavier-longer-hand-job-next-time* stars.


Door No. 3: Road Trip Cone of Silence Door

Spotlight: Sequestered Hearts by Michael Kudo

Please say hello to Michael Kudo 
who's joining us today to talk about his new novel

Sequestered Hearts


After the Riots at Stonewall, a major political movement took place which resulted in Gays/Lesbians becoming slaves.

Colton Taylor was born with every advantage – except parents who are there for him. His father and mother are constantly absent because they’re too busy keeping up on the family business, and when they are around they nitpick at him and make him feel like he’s only a tool to further their legacy.

Colton has no problems with the slaves his family owns. He doesn’t care if they’re gay or lesbian; to him they’re just people. One day he meets an interesting slave named Oliver, and the two hit it off. Eventually they start hanging out (in secret) and a relationship blossoms.

Colton knows if his father was to ever find out it would spell trouble but he can’t stay away from the only person who makes him feel special and loved. Even if it means giving up everything he has. Because love is all that matters. And it always finds a way.

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Michael prepared a guest post in which he talks about the novel's title...

First I want to thank Sandra for allowing me to do a guest post on My Fiction Nook. I really appreciate her squeezing me in last minute.

I wanted to talk about the title of my new novel and why I chose it.

When the book was first being written, I had a title in mind for it. I'm sure some of my friends on Facebook remember me posting about writing "Dark Honey" or updating the little Facebook app that tracks your word count for manuscripts and the manuscript "Dark Honey" being finished a couple months ago. I finished and then sent it out to my beta readers. Unfortunately, for me, a good portion of them sent me back notes and the common recurring comment was: the title doesn't make sense.

Well...that's always fun.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ARC Review: Forging the Future (Change of Heart #5) by Mary Calmes

Forging the Future (Change of Heart, #5)
From the blurb: Jin Church is back where he started, alone, wandering, and uncertain of his path. It’s not by choice but by circumstance, as he remembers he’s a werepanther… but not much else. He knows one thing for sure—he needs to find the beautiful blond man who haunts his dreams.

Logan Church is trapped in a living hell. His mate is missing, his tribe is falling apart, and he’s estranged from the son he loves with all his heart. His world is unraveling without his mate by his side, and he has no one to blame but himself.

If Jin can regain his memory and Logan can overcome the threats to his leadership, then perhaps they can resume their lives. The question is: Is that what they want? Back to the same house, the same tribe, the same troubles? They can choose from various roads leading to their future… or they can forge their own path.

Rosa's rating:


Holy shit! I really liked it!

When I volunteered for this ARC I fully expected to have a rather meh reaction to it, like I've been having to a lot of Mary's recent work. Basically, I am sick to death of reading about clueless dudes in Florida beach towns. Also, while I liked the last book in the Change of Heart series (Crucible of Fate) I can't say I found it that exciting. It was enjoyable, but rather silly. (<--That last sentence pretty much sums up 65% of all my reviews of Mary's work, even though I love, love, love her.)

But this book? I'm totally fangirling! Forging the Future is a damn good read. From about the 2nd or 3rd chapter on I couldn't put it down. I read straight through Jon Stewart, people. I NEVER do that. Tyler Hoechlin and Dylan O'Brien could appear in my bedroom and insist I watch them have sex and if Jon Stewart were on I'd say, "You asshats can't wait 30 minutes? Have you no self-control?"

But, no, Jon Stewart was on, probably saying something hilarious and insightful but I didn't give a shit, I was reading about Jin and Logan's epic lurve.

**The rest of this review may contain minor spoilers. No, fuck it, it will definitely contain minor spoilers, but only for the first 10 or 15% of the book. There will be spoilers for the first four books in the series.**

Okay, the book opens 5 or so years after Crucible of Fate. Months previously something so horrible happened (no, I'm not spoiling that) that it not only made Jin run but completely lose his memory. He knows he's a werepanther, but other than that he remembers absolutely nothing--not the fact that he's a reah (the true-mate of a semel, or an alpha) and a nekhene cat (he can shift into all sorts of weird creatures), not his mate, Logan, their son, Ilia, or anything about their culture. (Which is odd, since Jin is usually a font of information while everyone else wanders around with their thumbs up their asses with no idea what's going on.) Anyway, Jin (now called "Jim") is working at a restaurant run by werepanthers in New Orleans. Within a couple of chapters he meets the local semel and they soon realize that "Jim" is a reah. Still, the local semel has no idea that Jim is actually Jin.

ARC Review: The History of Us by Nyrae Dawn

The History of Us
From the blurb:

Sometimes it's not about coming out, it's about settling in.

Eighteen-year-old Bradley Collins came out a year ago and hasn't looked back since. Who cares if he doesn’t know any other gay people? Bradley has friends and basketball—that’s all he needs. Even if that means always sitting on the sidelines when the guys go out looking for girls.

When cute film-boy TJ tries to flirt with Bradley while his friends are doing their thing, he freaks. Yeah, he’s gay, but he’s never had the opportunity to go out with a boy before. He’s never had to worry about how his friends will react to seeing him with a guy.

Bradley accompanies TJ on a road trip to film TJ’s senior project documentary. In each city they visit, they meet with people from different walks of life, and Bradley learns there’s a whole lot more to being honest about himself than just coming out. He still has to figure out who he really is, and learn to be okay with what he discovers.

Heather's rating:

First of all, I want to say that I had NO idea that Nyrae Dawn wrote M/M, and I really enjoyed her foray into that genre. Yay for more mainstream M/M recognition!

While parts of this book were very sweet and touching, and I think the author got a lot of things right, it also made a few missteps. This book has MCs that are 18 and graduating high school. In a lot of ways, it nailed the mentality of boys of that age. The guys felt realistically self conscious and anxious about their friendships and family relationships. The way the MC talked and acted felt pretty true to life. I also think the author understood how someone could come out yet still be afraid to act "gay" and change his friends' perception of him.

However, on the flip side, I think the author also made these guys seem too young. This book is supposed to be YA, but when it came to sexual situations, it was like the characters could have been 15 or 16 or younger, IMO. I want to know who can sleep in a hotel with someone that they are dating and mostly just kiss at any age after puberty... who?! I know that at 18 (or much younger) you would have had to pry me from my boyfriend if we had that much alone time. That doesn't mean the guys couldn't have been nervous or that there had to be sex on page or that they even had to have sex, but I think that there would have been a lot more thinking about it and a LOT more heavy petting. It rang a bit... neutered for my taste.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Kindle Weekly Deals~ Week of 6/20/15- 6/26/15 + BONUS freebie round-up!

"Freeing" by E.K. Blair- M/M, contemporary romance~ Price drop to $0.99!


"Flat-Out Celeste" by Jessica Park- YA, contemporary romance~ Price drop to $1.99!


"On Solid Ground" by Melissa Collins- M/M, contemporary romance~ Price drop to $0.99!


"Shift Omnibus Edition" by Hugh Howey- Adult, sci-fi~ Price drop to $2.99!


"Rush" by Nyrae Dawn- M/M, contemporary romance~ Price drop to $1.99!


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ARC Review: Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Helping Hand
From the blurb:

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.
Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Heather's rating:


No matter how many times my straight guy friends deny it, this is ALWAYS what my brain will think of when I think of guys living together in college.

*cue bow-chicka-wow-wow music*

A few beers and you get a little handsy. What? It could happen! At least, in my GFY fantasies, it does...

Jay Northcote delivered and she delivered BIG TIME with this little number. Lots and lots of touching, slowwwly leading up to more... ugmph, does this author understand what gets me going or what?!

ARC Review: Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Helping HandBlurb:

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Todd’s rating:

Ever wonder what closet case gay college boys dream of while sitting in their repressed towers eating Top Ramen?

Hot boys and lots of them, because hello, college is chocked full of eye candy.  (Trust, I speak from a place of experience on this one.)

Many times, the object of desire is a roommate, a housemate, a frat buddy, a guy from the gym or one of their classes.

But what do they usually have in common? Other than, of course, a pretty face and a kickass body?

Yep, you guessed it. They're nearly always straight.

And that's precisely where where Jay Northcote's latest book, Helping Hand, takes us.

Possibly bi, Jez and his straight housemate Mac royally fucked up their finances and grades by partying too hard the previous year, so they made a pact to stay home and avoid partying this year.

And they do. Which is all fine and good, except college boys get bored and you know what they say about idle hands.

But hands aren't idle for very long (thank God,) as Jez proposes that they spend a bit of quality time together. Watching porn. (Hell yeah, people. Hell yeah!)

ARC Review: Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Dani's rating:

Good god, is there anything headier than two college boys getting each other off?

Jez (whose third-person POV we get in this story) and Mac (aka, Big Mac, cause he's got really big, um ... shoulders *ahem*) are roommates and casual friends. One night they’re bored and watch some porn together.

Ay, there’s the rub. (Come on, we all know Hamlet was raunchy.)

What begins as side-by-side wanking turns into something much sexier, and much more fulfilling. But Mac insists he’s not gay and is uncomfortable with the idea of anyone knowing what he and Jez are UP to in secret (pun intended).

This is a seriously sizzling GFY story!

Release Blitz: Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

We at My Fiction Nook are declaring today

Jay Northcote Day

with this post being the kickoff.
So please say hello in the comments,
and read on to learn all about Jay's latest release

Helping Hands


Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.


Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Author Of The Month - Eli Easton - Grand Finale

Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the amazingly talented

Our final post is all about Sex In Seattle, with excerpts from all three books published so far, our Q&A with Eli, and of course one more chance to win!!

First up in the series, The Trouble With Tony


As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo.

Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?


Tony gave him what might well be his first genuine expression so far—a puzzled, disturbed look. His mouth snapped shut, then open, then shut again. He looked like a guppy. “Okay, I, uh, I admit it. I got nervous and made that up.”

“Really?” Jack said dryly.

“Yeah. That’s not really my problem.” Tony’s eyes dropped into his lap. He seemed to wage some kind of internal debate. Whatever it was, it was intense. A stain began to appear, a reddening first on Tony’s neck that climbed up his jaw like a Virginia creeper. When it reached his ears they went bright pink, a really spectacular shade of fuchsia.

This was interesting.

“I’m listening,” Jack said, more gently.


“Tony, you can tell me anything. I promise you it won’t leave this room.”


Jack put a hand to his forehead and rubbed gently. The big Italian was starting to give him a headache. “If you’re not ready to talk about it, we can schedule for a later time when—”

“I have a picky dick,” Tony mumbled under his breath.

Jack blinked and barely refrained from checking his ears for wax. “What was that?”

“I said I have a picky dick!” Tony said, loud now. He raised his eyes and met Jack’s challengingly. His face was crimson with embarrassment, but he braced his hands on the arms of the chair and glared at Jack as if to say, Well go on, Genius. Fix it! Jack managed to keep a straight face as he said, “I see. Can you define what you mean by a ‘picky dick’?”

“Yeah,” Tony said with a disgusted huff. “Like Kate Moss at a burger joint picky. It plays hard to get. If it decides it likes someone, it’s raring to go from sunup to sundown. But if it decides it doesn’t want to play ball, then it ain’t playin’ ball, no matter how much I want it to, or what the other person does. Know what I mean?”

“You mean you can’t always get an erection when you want one?” Jack suggested in his best doctor voice.

“Not a fuckin’ twitch,” Tony agreed bitterly.

“And how often does this problem occur?”

Tony rubbed his eyes with both hands. “Let’s just say there have been plenty of times when people showed up for the party and the keg was dry.”

“I see.”

“To the point where I just don’t bother sending out the invites, if you know what I mean.”

“You’re afraid to date because you’re worried that you might get into a sexual situation and not be able to get an erection?”

Tony glared at him. “There’s a reason they invented euphemisms, you know.”

Jack allowed himself a small chuckle. “If I’m going to treat you, I need to understand the situation clearly, and I only took two semesters of euphemisms in college.”

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Next up, The Enlightenment Of Daniel


Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation—he’s attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that’s won him many a business deal.

Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick’s kids mean the world to him, and he’s afraid he’ll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.


Daniel turned to look at Nick. The prostitute had her arm around his shoulders. One pert breast pressed against his arm, and she was leaning in so her lips almost touched his ear. “Would you like to buy me a drink?” she purred coquettishly.

Daniel almost laughed aloud. He hadn’t seen that look on Nick’s face since the time they went to a Mexican dive in college and Nick dumped a lot of what looked like ketchup on his burrito only to realize it was hot sauce. He was bright red with a glazed look of panic in his eyes.

“Uh… n-no. No thank you,” Nick stammered.

Pouting with disappointment, the lady moved away.

Daniel chuckled. “Hey, Nick. If you’re into that, don’t say no on my account.”

He was teasing, but Nick didn’t laugh. He licked his lips nervously and slid his jacket off the stool next to him and onto his lap. But just before he did, Daniel glanced down and saw it—Nick had an erection. No, Nick had the Mount Everest of erections poking up in his impeccable gray suit slacks.

Daniel was hit by a wave of some emotion he couldn’t identify—embarrassment? His mouth went dry as all the moisture in his body mysteriously evaporated.

Nick’s eyes met his. Daniel lifted an eyebrow. Nick’s blush deepened.

“God, I… I’m way overdue,” Nick said, with a self-deprecating little laugh. He took a sip of his sake.

Daniel took a drink, trying to get his tongue working again. “How overdue, Nick?” he asked quietly.

Nick wouldn’t meet his eyes. “Marcia hasn’t let me touch her for three years.”

“Goddamn, Nick. You need to leave Marcia. That’s not right.” There were a dozen reasons why Daniel thought Nick needed to leave Marcia, and there had been for years. But this….

He thought about encouraging Nick, more seriously this time, to take up the opportunity sitting across the bar in a black silk dress. For real. He could say something witty like What happens in Hong Kong stays in Hong Kong. Or something actually witty instead of a hackneyed cliché.

But Daniel didn’t say anything about the prostitute because that was when it happened. There was a strong wave of heat and nausea in his stomach and for a moment he wondered if he’d accidently gotten some shrimp in something—shrimp always made him hurl. And then he recognized the feeling was emotional. It was… jealousy. He didn’t want that woman on Nick, touching him, kissing him.

He looked at Nick sharply. Time seemed to slow down and Daniel was hyperaware of the feeling of the smooth bar under his hand, the exact quality of the dim light in the room. He stared at his best friend, trying to get a handle on what was going on in his body. Nick looked so… appealing, so… sexy? And then it slammed into him like a high-speed train: he wanted Nick. He didn’t want the prostitute touching Nick because he wanted to do it. He wanted to take Nick by the hand, right now. He wanted to lead him up to his room, push him gently back on the bed, undo his belt, and… and take that erection into his mouth, and suck him off. He wanted to be close to Nick, as close as possible. Make him feel good. Make them both feel good.

Oh my fucking God.

An involuntary muscle spasm of Daniel’s hand sent his sake cup flying through the air. It shattered on the back of the bar.

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And so far the last book in the series, The Mating Of Michael


Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his spare time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.

James Gallway’s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he's lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can’t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.

Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.


He could hear Michael shift around. James turned his head. His eyes had adjusted to the dark somewhat, and he could see the outline of Michael, lying on his side and facing James, though he couldn’t really see his expression.

“I’m really glad that we’re friends,” Michael said.

James’s heart stuttered in his chest. “Friends? I thought you were my sycophant, Dieter.”
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