Book Review: Going Home – Max Vos

Going HomeBlurb
Journalist Carter Roberts was required to interview Carl Foltz and Matt Evans for an article on their lives. It was not an assignment he relished: he just wanted to get there, get it done and get out. Thinking about the subject matter made his stomach churn.

The interview reveals as much about himself as about the two men, and for the first time, Carter learns what a real home feels like. He never would have expected that meeting the two men would change his way of thinking – and his life – forever.

WARNING: Contains materials for ADULTS only. If you have any reason to think that you cannot or will not tolerate any type of mature subject matter, please do not continue. If you have any issues with any type of taboo, or what you may consider taboo material, please do not read. If you have a closed mind about any sexual activities whatsoever, please put this book down or delete it now. If you truly believe that love is love, then by all means, continue.

Review
This may just be the raunchiest book I have read in a long while. I’m not much of a fan of the topic (incest) here but I do love all kinds of love. I’ve to give props to the author for giving us those steamy-straight-out-of-porn scenes that made me blush here, there and everywhere. LOL

As for the story, the insta-love got me laughing so hard I feel like going Queen Elsa all over these three guys but it was fun just the same. I wrote a shorty about insta-love before and it’s always something that ticks people off depending on how the context of the story develops. In this case, I simply just don’t buy it. Insta-lust yes, but love? Nah.

That ending though, totally deflated me – Mr. Max Vos, Why’d you have to do that? >____<

Overall, I find the whole thing impressively well written albeit lacking story development.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Published October 16th 2014 by Max Vos (first published September 29th 2014)

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About The Author
Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, was his first published work, and since then Ravenous Romance have published five more of his short stories. His first novel, P.O.W. was released October, 2013 with MLR Press. His second novel, My Hero was a best seller and has just been recently been released in French.

You will find everything in a Max Vos story. From sweet and sexy, even raunchy, to powerful, raw and gritty–something for all tastes.

You can keep up with him by reading his weekly blog posts here:
http://max-vos.blogspot.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/max.vos.393 or visit his website, www.maxvos.com

Book Review: The Color Of The Clear Blue Sky – Momoko Tenzen

The Color Of The Clear Blue Sky“I can no longer fly as high as I used to. Is that okay?”

“When all my thoughts of him coalesce… a clear blue sky appears behind him. Even if there comes a day you won’t be able to fly anymore…I will always stay by your side looking far ahead, the vast, infinite sky reflect the colours of my thoughts of you.” “

All along,Fukada thought that Sakae only sees him as a father figure even though they are colleagues now. When Sakae was still a student, only Fukada was able to see through him inspiring him to become a better person promising that he’ll always be there for Sakae. Their reunion was a big shock for both that send them to examining their feelings for each other with Sakae holding on to the promise he was given years before.

The flow of the story was enjoyable from the start until that sweet ending. I thought it was more on the line of student – teacher affair but the premise of this one is much better methings. There are no awkward scenarios at all – just fluffy cotton candy clouds and rainbow butterflies all around them. Another uber-sweet yaoi romance for ya’ll sappy souls!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published October 11th 2011 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published August 5th 2008)

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Book Review: The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis – E.E. Ottoman

The Possession of Lawrence Eugene DavisI love me some historical fiction every now and then. I’m not the biggest fan of the genre but when I come across with something like this story, I am more than happy to share how I enjoyed such work. The story takes place at the beginning of the Great Depression as Lawrence Eugene Davis returns to his family’s ranch to set his father’s affairs in order. Arriving at his childhood home, unpleasant memories bounced back along with his miserable time in the trenches. With these unhappy thoughts comes the untoward incident from a sinister presence that haunted him upon his first night in the house.

When a stranger suddenly showed up claiming he can get rid of the demon possessing him. Lawrence has no choice but to agree, only he has to offer himself as the price.

I totally enjoyed reading this novella because it has all the good elements of a horror / paranormal read adding to the apt description of the period it was set in. I figured out from the start that Lawrence will get involved with their ranch hand Billy and I was slightly surprise that it’s not just Billy who will be “romantically (?) / sexually” involved with him. So there folks, this one’s actually a ménage between two humans and an incubus! Exciting right?! I mean, the dynamic between them was so good and just oh-so-sexy that I find myself yearning for more. That’s the only downside I could think of in this story. I want more scenes with the three of them in it!

The paranormal aspect of the story was easily dealt with from the very first possession up to the main instigator of it. There was not much fuss going on with the possession and it was easily resolved at the end so the story’s mostly telling rather than showing but in a really good way.

I loved it when I get a free book to review and it’s just so good, I feel like I should’ve paid for it in the first place! So if you’re up for a paranormal / historical ménage read, then this one’s for you!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: September 2nd 2015 by Less Than Three Press

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About The Author
E.E. Ottoman is a geek and a gentleman. They spends their time mostly in libraries doing research, and sometimes, when there is no one else there, dancing in the aisles. E. has always adored speculative fiction, especially paperback fantasy and science fiction. They loves a good ghost story and thinks every story becomes automatically better if you add tentacles. Overall, though, they just loves a story that is fun to read. E. is especially fond of writing and reading stories with geeky, queer people doing awesome and sexy things.

They grew up in the woods, farmlands and mountains of upstate New York and has spent most of their adult life trying to spend as much time as possible back there. They are the oldest of four and can often be found actively engaged in hijinks with their three other siblings. E.E. Ottoman has two degrees in history, another one in law, and one very spoiled princess cat. E. would like to be a history professor or maybe just a professional author one day, only time will tell.

When not writing, E. loves to cook and looking dapper in menswear. E. is an avid powerlifter and can often be found at the gym trying to hit a new max weight.

E. identifies as a queer, nonbinary, trans dude and is actively trying to change the world (and maybe the past) one novel and work of history at a time.

E.E. Ottoman’s pronouns are:
they/them/theirs

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

[Trailer] “Life” | A James Dean Biopic Starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan

LifeFilmmaker Anton Corbijn directed the new biopic called Life starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. The film will depict James Dean’s relationship with Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock when he was still “just” Jame Dean and not the global icon we’ve come to know.  The film actually had its premier in early February of this year at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Dane DeHaan (you might remember him as Harry Osborn / Green Goblin in the Amazing SpiderMan 2) will be playing the iconic role and Pattison as Stock. I’m not exactly sure about DeHaan playing the role but I guess he’s okay and the uncanny resemblance seen in the newly release trailer was there.

I wonder if this is the James Dean version of “My Week With Marilyn.” Needless to say, I am very excited to see this film!!! Watch its trailer below.

Beyoncé On The Cover Of US Vogue September 2015 Ed.

Vogue by Beyonceno words. just damn B.

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America’s Next Top Model Cycle 22 – Episode 2 The Girl Who Walks Away [RECAP]

The Models with the Property BrothersThis is just a quick one since it’s not that much of an episode but fun nevertheless.

So what’s talk-worthy about this episode you ask?

The models that made it last week were to meet the Property Brothers at the Top Model House which they decorated. The first challenge is a pose-off in pairs with the winner receiving all access to the Tyra suite and it was not even a surprise to me that Mamé won the challenge!

Mame and Mikey

Gawd, again Mame’s just WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY, TOO GORGEOUS!!!!

Then Hadassah calls for a house meeting getting all HBIC. I was rolling my eyes at this. Cmon’ baby girl – don’t be the bitch of this cycle please. Then there’s Lacey – I so want a catfight to ensue! LOL

The semi-nude shoot the following day was rather blah IMO. Not much of an event. One which I could totally understand since it’s not even the final fourteen yet. The shoot will determine the final models that will compete for the title.

BTW, massive lol @ Mr. Heverly – what a total horndog! LOLS. Mikey’s one of my favorites in the competition looks-wise and I’m actually loving his personality more and more!!! Cocky, confident and just plain doofus!

Then there’s Devin! Man’ this guy – too intense man’ – just way too intense!!! And Bello  – gaaahhh catfight galore!!! I dunno who I liked more as a model and as a person “on tv.”

Stefano – Mr. Meanie isn’t winning fans over with his attitude. So Stop. Just Now. Being MEAN.

Next episode we’ll see the announcement of the final 14 after the crazy runway challenge set up this espiode.

I honestly don’t know why they’re taking the whole elimination thing way too long since we already know who made the top 14…Hmmm.

Mikey Mame Stefano

Nyle Justin Dustin

Ashley Courtney Delanie

Lacey Ava Hadassah

p.s.

Oh, about this episode’s title? Semi-finalist Alexa had to leave which idc about at all.

Bello and Devin

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Book Review: In the Hours of Darkness (No Man’s Land #1) – Tygati

In the Hours of Darkness (No Man's Land #1)Charlie Colcord is the sheriff of the frontier planet No Man’s Land a.k.a. Noman. He’s the protector of the people of Deadwood Gulch along with his fellow riders – why riders? Well, they do have dragons as their main weapon to combat the deadly creatures inhabiting the Noman Mountains.

Only Charlie has a secret that his fierce and loyal dragon Zorevan could only ever understand.

So what I’ve just written above was probably a bit vague because I really don’t want to divulge any more information since this was a fairly quick read with only 10,000 words in it but I’m telling you guys, every single word in the story, I totally  ate up. I loved the whole world building, which reminds me a bit of Pandora from the movie Avatar only set in a desert ala Mad Max – and yes, with dragons!  I super adore Charlie and his dragon Zorevan – like, I’m super in love with their relationship! There was a bit of action in here but nothing that changes the plot from the beginning to end. This first book is basically an introduction of Charlie, his dragon and the whole Deadwood Gulch’s inhabitants.

I am now very excited to learn more about how Zorevan “found/claimed” Charlie in the first place. How did he exactly become the sheriff instead of his cousin Jack? Does Mayor Burke have the hots for Charlie? What is to become of Jeremy “Troublemaker” Jasper in the future? Jeez, so many possibilities for this series! I just hope that the author will be consistent in writing the vibrancy of her story and its characters! Super highly recommended this one is!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!!

Expected publication: September 30th 2015 by Less Than Three Press

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About The Author
Tygati’s head is filled with sunshine, rainbows, sparkly things, and dragons. The dragons get out from time to time but they always make their way home in the end, although sometimes not without a bit of a struggle.

Tygati lives with one fabulous Mikey who does excellent hair and regularly questions her fashion choices, along with two balls of hyperactive feline fur who pointedly do not answer to their names of Wasabi and Princess Buttercup and like to “help” the writing process by walking across and sleeping on the keyboard.

Tygati writes all her stories for her friends, both the ones she holds dear to her heart and the ones she hasn’t met yet.

https://twitter.com/Tygati
http://tygati.darkkingdom.com/
http://tygati.livejournal.com/
http://tygati.blogspot.com/

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: Storytime – K. Lynn

StorytimeIt has been hard for sci-fi writer James Murphy to move on since the death of his partner a year ago. But at the urging of his agent, he volunteered for a weekly storytime at a local library as a way to start socializing again. This is where he meets the children’s librarian, David.

David is twenty-five years younger and has the exuberance that James was attracted to. What started out as friendship turns into romance. Will James be able to leave the past behind and moved on to a future with a promise of a second chance at love?

This endearing short story is a fun read that will put a smile on your face. It’s an easy read where it’s futile to ask the question how will they be able to put both of their past behind and just go on and be in love.  It’s a natural occurrence after all to search for human comfort and both David and James found that with each other. As simple as that.

I’m not even bothered with David reminding James of his former beau. Like, would I ask if it’s simply a rebound thing? Nah – fortunately, I didn’t. That happens right? I believe that the heart can love as many people as they want – sappy I know, but it’s true.

I personally would’ve liked a longer version of this but I think the ending gave a perfect note implying what the future will be ahead of them.

A lovely read indeed.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: September 30th 2015 by Less Than Three Press

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About The Author
K. Lynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. In her youth, she could most likely be found in the local library, devouring books that covered everything from WWII History to Dr. McCoy’s latest adventures aboard the Enterprise, with some X-Men thrown in for good measure. Once she had read everything that was on the shelves, she turned around and read them again. K. Lynn was also known to create elaborate adventures that more than once made it to the page. Ink-filled papers gave way to overflowing computer memory as the years went on, but the stories never ceased.

While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn’s work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future.

K. Lynn has degrees and certificates from UNC-Chapel Hill in the areas of American History, Religion, Creative Writing, Public Health, and Journalism. She is a member of Mensa and has an extensive writing and editing background. To her, life is an ongoing adventure where she seeks to learn something new every day. When K. Lynn is not writing short stories, she is working on her novels. Her interests range from erotica to education, with stops along the way in paranormal fiction, historical novels, and established relationship romance. Give her a good story and she’s willing to read.

Contact K. Lynn at writerklynn@gmail.com, follow her on Twitter @WriterKLynn, and keep up with her latest releases at http://writerklynn.com/

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Film Review: Triple Standard – An LGBTQ Short Film (2010)

Triple StandardTriple Standard is short film about Crim, a homophobic ex-professional athlete who’s in denial of the reality of his situation as a gay man which he refuses to acknowlegde telling his partner of three years, D that he is in fact bisexual – even insisting that they are both bisexuals.

The movie started with Crim, D, Stanley and their friends in the locker room after a friendly game of basketball. When Stanley messes with Crim (William Jennings) licking his armpit, Crim went berserk spewing a litany of homophobic remarks. At the shower room, Crim was still seething with some of their friends noticing D (Lee Amir-Cohen) being quiet through it all. When D went home after the incident, Crim was anxiously waiting in the living room. It turns out that they have actually been living together for years now. Crim’s denial towards his sexuality, even acknowledging his “standards” that they have talked about before left D hurting thus issuing an ultimatum to end their relationship if Crim will not stop and face reality.

I very much enjoyed watching this short film because it totally depicts the reality of most closeted men (most especially the ones in the spotlight) where they would rather deny themselves the freedom to acknowledge what they are than be condemned by the cruel and unforgiving society.

Coming from D’s point of view, it’s really hard to be with someone that basically denies what you have. It gets to a point where enough is enough. And from Crim – well, reality sucks big time. At the end of the day though, why should they let others run their lives? I guess that’s too easy to say from someone who are not in their shoes.

The actors who played Crim and D are both likable. I can just feel the hurt pouring out of Amir-Cohen throughout the mid-to-last scenes. Jennings was equally impressive! They really do have great chemistry and I won’t mind seeing them together on screen again.

Do spare 20 minutes of your time to watch this short film for free, I promised that it won’t go to waste.


This was the re-edited version for Youtube Distribution.

Director: Branden Blinn
Starring: Lee Amir-Cohen, William Jennings, Ronnie Prouty, Stephen Alderfer, Jay Ellis, Dylan Mooney, Justen Naughton, Michael Williams, Jontae Vinson, Ramall Goodrich, Jacob Hibbits

Book Review: Tonight – Karen Stivali

TonightThis story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Here is the letter and a description of the photo that accompanied this prompt:

Dear Author,
See the hot jock sitting on top of me? He’s my older brother’s team mate and I’ve lusted after him— and loved him— since forever. I never thought I’d have a chance though. That dumbass brother of mine always said he was straight. But look at the way he’s giving the phrase “He takes my breath away” a whole new meaning! My brother must be wrong. Please, dear author, let him be wrong and make my dream come true.

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Now this is really, really, like really good. This even surpassed the author’s Moments In Time trilogy because I feel that the characters here are more vibrant, more likable and the story was just smooth from start to finish. It would be great to have some more of Davey and Wiley in the future! It’s a quick read but every inch enjoyable! This is highly recommended if you want to get a feel of Miss Stivali’s writing style.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published June 28th 2015 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads

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About The Author
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes both m/f and m/m contemporary romance, all of her