The Christmas Throwaway by Rj Scott

The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott

Do you have a certain book, or books, that you love to reread?  I have a few of those, but The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott is my #1 go-to reread book. Not sure what it is exactly about this book, but it gets me every time.

The Christmas Throwaway is the story of Zach, age 17, who is thrown out of his house by his abusive father for being gay, and Ben, a cop, who finds him sleeping out in the cold on a church bench a few days before Christmas. He takes the scared, hurt young man home to his mother’s house and from there we learn about Zach’s past and his hopes and dreams and his reaction as he gets enveloped in to a loving and caring family. Ben is attracted to Zach (and vice versa), but he hesitant to move too quickly because of Zach’s injuries but especially because of the five-year age difference. Ben encourages Zach to go to school and further his education, all the while patiently waiting for Zach to heal and to be old enough for their relationship to go to the next level.

I’m not sure if it’s the Christmas theme, or how wonderful Ben is to Zach, but this story is one of my all-time favorites. Makes me wish there was a “Ben” for every “Zach” out there.

Sharon Schofield



Love Lane Books


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Power Exchange by A.J. Rose

I have always been fascinated with the D/S lifestyle. The measure of trust and secrecy, is to say the least desirable and sexy. To border the taboo and still be accepted I imagine it to be wonderful. A.J. Rose was able to spin a tale of intrigue and romance of believable characters. The level of strength she gives Ben and the beautiful vulnerability she infuses in Detective Grady’s character is awesomely done. I fell in love with world she created. Worried and cheered for with them with every heart wrenching flip of the page.

Alma Pagan






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Deliverance by Marquesate and TA Brown

Deliverance is the story of a “baby” Jarhead and an US Delta Force soldier who meet in a safe house in Saudi Arabi, and the continuing relationship they share over the span of 23 years. Matt, the Jarhead, and Hooch, the Delta, are first introduced in the epic Special Forces. While I enjoyed Special Forces, for me, Matt and Hooch were where the story was at.

Their ups and downs are close enough to real life that the reader has no choice but to want more information about these two. They are dynamic and real. They draw you into their lives, their trials, their happiness, and their sorrows.

Hooch is a closed-mouth Delta who is a self-defined opportunist. Matt is more of a romantic who has serious issue with living under the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policies after Hooch is injured on a mission. With about a 10 year age gap between the two of them, they still find a way to live and love together. Their lives are not easy, but they realize they are perfect for one another, before it’s too late.

Their story is one I can read over and over. I would love to get more from these two. They are like a friend you haven’t spoken to in too many years, and you can’t wait to catch up.

Special Forces was the first m/m book I ever read, thanks to DeWanda Bolden, and it was all about M/M relationships and stories from there on out. I hope y’all will pick up Deliverance and Special Forces, if you have the time. blurb~

Nothing in life is ever simple, especially if you are a Delta Force instructor and an ex-Marine trying to make a new life together – not when you live under the constraints of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell,’ the shadow of nightmares, and a darkness that will destroy you unless kept in check.

Deliverance is the story of Hooch, a US Delta Force soldier and Matt, his former-Jarhead lover. It is a spin-off from Special Forces and spans the years 1998 to 2011.

Both Hooch and Matt were created by Marquesate as secondary characters in the epic Special Forces (© 2006-2009), but they took on a life of their own.

*author’s note*~Special Forces starts off as a…difficult read. There are issues present that can be offensive, but the full story is, in my opinion, worth the read.

Amy Johnson


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The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick


I have been reading M/M romance for about 5 years now, everything from fantasy to contemporary and BDSM.  But this was the first YA that made me want to read more in this genre.  I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy YA, I mean I’m pushing 50 so how can I connect with characters whose main concern in life is what to do on a Friday night?  Well, I was surprised to find characters with depth and stories that made a huge impact on me personally.

My Review

First of all, there are two covers for The Red Sheet.  The first is by the very talented Dan Skinner featuring a young, sexy, and very blond MJ.  The second is more inspirational and better suited for the content and its YA audience.

The Red Sheet tells a story of high school bullying through the eyes of a reforming bully.  Some of the story elements were tough to read but the story was told with humor, honesty, and compassion.   I am always surprised by how Mia captures the teen voice so well.  The Red Sheet is written in first person and the inner monologue is humorous and thoughtful.

Bryan is a high school jock who wakes up one morning transformed – from a typical, complacent, selfish teenager into an animal-saving, mom-hugging, socially conscience young man. With the set of red sheets his mother bought, Bryan feels like Superman, ready to save the world. The problem is, he doesn’t know what caused the transformation.

The other MC, Scott, is a lonely boy who has been bullied by his peers for his size, his clothes, and for his sexual orientation. He has suffered verbal as well as physical abuse.

Bryan and Scott discover together that people can change, people can forgive but the process is hard and long. It takes individuals to own up to their prejudices, complacency, and ignorance, but forgiveness is equally important.  I really liked Bryan.  He’s certainly not perfect.  Before his transformation he was that typical super jock and enjoyed the benefits that title afforded him.  He hardly noticed others not like him until he met Scott.  Bryan was deep in the closet and until that fateful weekend that began his transformation, he was happy to remain there.  Scott, who on the outside seem small and weak, didn’t hide the fact that he was gay.  There is strength in being yourself when that’s not the norm.

Forgiveness is a major theme in this book.  Both boys learned that forgiveness is an important part of healing but forgiveness doesn’t mean you forget.  Cody Kennedy says in the Forward, “To say that you will recover from bullying is a myth.  You can survive and compensate for it when and if you are able.”  And the healing process for both boys involve taking action against injustices that they see around them.  I enjoyed all the Mahatma Ghandi’s quotes used in this book:

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.

In a gentle way you can shake the world.

The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

My favorite quote from The Red Sheet is said by Bryan to Scott, “‘My life is my message.’  I’ve really changed, Scotty.  Just watch me and you’ll see.”  And isn’t this true for all of us.  We can say the right things but it is our actions that matter in the end.

So let’s talk about sex… This is a YA, so their physical interaction is limited.  I hope this doesn’t turn you away from this book.  It is carefully crafted and cleverly told.  There are so many great YA titles out there so I hope you give this and others a try!

I highly recommend this book and hope that all high school students will read it. I know my son will be reading it.


By Kari Higa




Dreamspinner Press


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Catch A Ghost by SE Jakes

This book was my first introduction to the writing of S.E. Jakes, and the first book in her Hell Or High Water series; immediately I was hooked.  And I must say, I downloaded it rather reluctantly because underground cage fighting is just NOT my thing.  But, this series has become my crack.  As well as the spin-off series, Dirty Deeds.

The character development for the two main characters is what I would call Swiss cheese – blocks of information with some big holes.  But, fear not, Jakes fills in the information.  Albeit the filling in the holes is slow and spread out over the series, but this way the reader sees the central puzzle slowly filling in.  Jakes drops little crumbs of information on the background of her characters in each chapter, leaving the reader hungry for more and more.  Presently there are three and a half books in the series, and sadly one left.  I still feel like I don’t know all of Tom and Prophet.  But that’s okay, I have faith Jakes will explain all by the last book.

Prophet is haunted by his past, literally.  He sees his old friend and fell Navy SEAL team member, John Morse.  He carries the guilt of Morse’s death on his shoulders and it is slowly overtaking his life. Or, did Morse somehow survive and did Prophet abandon him in torturous captivity?  And that guilt is even more crippling in Prophet’s mind.  To compound this, Prophet is dealing with a life-altering medical issue.  Can he dig to the bottom of the truth of his best friend’s death before his life is forever altered?  It’s a race against time.

Tom believes that he is bad luck, and being raised in the Cajun country of Louisiana, bad luck is something he takes very seriously.  He had bad luck in his home life, bad luck as an FBI agent and bad luck running for sheriff in the parish where he worked.  He has serious anger issues, but that serves to aid him while he and Prophet go undercover in the world of fighting.

The attraction between Prophet and Tom starts to sizzle in the first chapter and keeps building until they have nuclear meltdown sex after Tom’s first fight.  Both of them recognize what they have between them is certainly more than being just fuck-buddies, but both of them are dealing with so many personal demons they work quite hard to resist their underlying feelings.  It’s hard, harsh, smoldering sex that wrecks both of them, but wrecks them in a good way.  Through the violence of them coming together, they both find a level of comfort and peace within each other.

Jakes also introduces us to Cillian and Mal, two people who orbit Prophet’s world and who add excellent layers to the story.  Their introduction and recurrence in the other books lay the foundations for her Dirty Deeds series.  Cillian and Mal also play pivotal roles in the John Morse mystery.  The book ends on a semi-cliff hanger, but there is some satisfaction of the Happy For Now ending, but she does promise the series will definitely end with a Happily Ever After – and that is what keeps readers coming back for more. book blurb ~

“Everyone knows that Prophet — former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass — works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.

Tom Boudreaux — failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck — is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.

Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.”

Susan Haggerty


Riptide Publishing


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Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

One of my favorite books is Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton. This book’s seems so real to me. Ms. Sexton deals realistically with Jaime’s abuse and how he reacts to everyday situations. You can feel Levi’s anger and hurt towards his family. You can feel the fragile friendship that builds over time into romance. You can sympathize with Lev’s family with their dilemma towards their religion and their faith.

Blurb: Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall. Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi. Complete opposites on the surface, Levi and Jaime both long for something that they can only find together. Through love and the therapeutic power of touch, they’ll find a way to heal each other, and they’ll learn to live as sinners in a family of saints.

One of the things that stood out to me while reading this book was the respectful way that Ms. Sexton treated the Mormon faith. During the course of the book she never bashed nor condemned the Mormon faith. No matter how any of the characters disagreed , their faith is never made to look bad. This is a great book of finding something you didn’t know you were looking for; of healing with the help of someone else. A great book to read that combines M/M romance and religion in a respectful way.

Denise Dechene



Amber Quill Press


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Alpha Trine by Lexi Ander

I thought I would write my review about a book that’s science fiction. The reason I’m writing this review for this particular book genre is because normally I don’t read science fiction, I really don’t, but this book was so good and so engaging that I had to write about it just in case there’s people like me who are scared to read science fiction. Don’t be scared to read this book. It is that good. I’ve read it twice and will probably read it again.

The book is Alpha Trine (The Valespian Pact #1) by Lexi Ander’s, it’s about a sole survivor on a science Vessel. His name is Zeus who is found and adopted by the Emperor and Empress of Mar’Sani. He is human and blind but from the moment they laid eyes on him they loved him like he was one of their own. The mom, the dad, the brothers and sister, they were all so awesome. It was just the sweetest thing. This family had each other’s backs at all times.  I loved how they treated him and how they welcomed him into the family. They never thought of him as different, not once. And that’s one of the reasons why I loved this book, because they just loved each other so much.

Zeus is aboard a ship working when he meets Dargon Kal-Turak and his symbiote Alpha, now you’re going to have to read the book to understand how Alpha, Dargon Kal-Turak and Zeus get together, it’s really hard for me to explain, that’s where Lexi practices her writing magic. I don’t want to give it away (let’s be honest I’m not a professional so it would be hard for me to explain, lol) so you can read it and you’ll understand. They all meet aboard the ship and have to run for their lives and they end up having to take Zeus with them. That’s where the adventure begins and the start of their love story. I loved watching them get together, getting to know each other. It was non- stop action. It was just so good.

There’s just so much going on that would be hard for me to explain it all, read it, you will not regret it. I just loved this book so much and the great news is if you enjoyed this one the second one is out also and I think it was even better than the first one. It’s just a great start to the series.  If you love science fiction this will be great read for you and even if you’re unsure I would still pick this book up and read it and even if it’s not your go to genre I would still read it, step out of your book box and don’t let this genre keep you away from this gem of a book.

Leaundra Angelique Ross




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