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Trouble & the Wallflower

Davy swears he's got a stalker.  The smarmy fucker shows up every week in his soda shop.  And every time he puts the moves on Davy and gives him his number.  And every time Davy tosses it in the trash.

Gavin's your typical pretty party boy with a different man in his bed (metaphorically speaking) whenever he wants.  He's used to getting what he wants, and right now he wants the cute little ass of soda shop Davy.  He pulls out all the stops trying to sed…

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Date Added: April 30th, 2014

Organic Chemistry

Brendon is an adorable young genious with the social aptitude of a rock, akin to many other brilliant people, I got the feeling he would have tested positive for Asperger's.  Irregardless of his lack of social graces, as a Chemistry professor his students and (most) colleagues love him.  And when he literally stumbles into assistant coach Josh, thus begins a courtship that, you got it, Brendon neither understands nor trusts.

I don't know how he does it, but Andrew Gre…

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Date Added: April 30th, 2014

SPIRIT

This was a fun, riviting tale of Uncle Jason and his nephew, Timmy, spending quality time together for a few weeks while Sally -- the kid's mom and Jason's sister -- is away on vacation.

From stage left comes Sam, Timmy's uncle from his late father's side of the family.  After the death of her husband, Sally inexplicably shut his family out of her and Timmy's life.  Sam is on a mission to check on his estranged nephew and get to know him better.  But what he wasn…

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Date Added: April 30th, 2014

Polyester Prince

This is a story about Kyle, the quintessential gay party boy.  He's a pretty boy that basically can get whatever and whomever he wants, so he never has to think too far in the future.  Men are basically conquests, and like paper towels, best used and thrown away.  He lives in the "now," and even the thought of anything more meaningful than that just boggles his mind. 

Really, I can't find much else to say to describe Kyle.  For the most part, he was as …

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Date Added: April 6th, 2014

GOING UP!

Zach is a lonely man.  As our story begins, he's got a (proverbial) stick up his butt and a mastered "big bad boss" attitude plastered on his face.  Being born into privilidge is not always posh parties and yachts.  As he describes it, Zach is a prince trapped in an ivory tower (that being the penthouse suite of a building his conservative father owns), and all his little lonely self wants is a knight in shining armor to rescue him and wisk him off to his happily ev…

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Date Added: March 30th, 2014

Hound Dog & Bean

Bean is a really nice guy.  He's the kind of guy that will (as HD can attest) take a hut for a stranger, just because it's the right thing to do.  And he's got a passion for coffee -- not that Starbucks crap, but the kind of coffee that practically percalates in your mouth.

HD is, by anyone's definition, damaged goods.  He's got a heart of gold for everyone on this earth, except humans.  He's been abused, abandoned, and tossed aside too many times for his he…

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Date Added: March 30th, 2014

Cupcakes

Allen is the surviving widow of his much older lover, Gary.  After he died, Allen found himself rather lost in the world, wanting to find something that would keep him busy, and that he felt Gary would have been proud of.  So he pursued his dream of opening a bakery and, more specifically, selling cupcakes of his own creation.

Two years down the road, B walks into his tiny little bakery in desperate need of something to give his very preggers assistant on her last day…

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Date Added: March 9th, 2014

Paulie

There are few things more tragic in life than regrets.  And Paulie had a big one!  He had a huge crush on his college roommate and best friend, and on graduation night the boys got drunk, and you know how the story goes:  "one thing lead to another..."  And with the sunrise, Ben was gone.

Paulie mourned the loss of his friendship with Ben.  Thinking he had betrayed his friend's trust and boundaries, he lived with his guilt for years.  If it hadn't …

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Date Added: March 9th, 2014

Strong Enough

Love at first sight.  Do you believe in it?  Until you've been bitten by that bug, or unless you're a hopeless romantic like some book reviewers, it's a pretty improbable concept.  Let's toss out an example:  say, a college professor catches a glimpse of a hot construction worker working on a site and uses any excuse to sneak a peek at him from his office whenever possible.  Turns out, that hunky construction worker has his eyes on the professor, too. &nbs…

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Date Added: February 23rd, 2014

Something in the Way He Needs

When I started reading this book, I had no idea how hot it would be!  Asher is the quinticential Dom: he knows what he likes and how he wants it to be given to him.  For him, it's as natural as breathing to want to be in control of his situation as well as his partners.  He's the kind of guy that has submissive men waiting on their knees (literally) for his attention.  Unfortunately this weekend he's in Vegas cruising the tittie bars for his best friend's …

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Date Added: February 23rd, 2014

Serenading Stanley

So I think it's safe to say that San Diego is a beautiful, diverse, sunny city nestled in Southern California, and is the setting for Mr. Inman's "Serenading Stanley."  It's a very enjoyable story about a guy with some pretty nasty self-image issues moving in to his first apartment to be closer to his new college campus.  What he wasn't prepared for was the complete gayness of the Belladonna Arms apartment complex (except for that one guy) and its big, burley, boisterous…

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Date Added: February 15th, 2014

Safe

Nico is such an endearing character living a nightmare of abuse from his drunken father.  His mother tries to help Nico to get out of the house by sending him to The Deering's for swimming lessons.  Frail, timid, and damaged more than any ten year old boy should be, he finds safety and friendship in the Deering's son, Caleb.

This is a beautiful coming of age story of two teens that come together to face life together while finding the strength they need from each othe…

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Date Added: February 7th, 2014

the trust

To create a better agent, our government backs an organization called the Trust.  The head of the organization is Trace, a brilliant scientist and deadly combat professional.  As a research project to improve the performance of their operatives, Trace develops a Sim chip, a tiny device implanted in the agent's ear.  It's designed to enhance the agent's skills and knowledge, sort of like a computer in their brain.  But Jake, one of Trace's promising recruits to …

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Date Added: February 7th, 2014

Queers

Duff is an aspiring, "starving" musician.  He steps into the front door of Queers, a trendy, up-scale gay piano bar for an audition.  He isn't exactly prepared for Brad, the beautiful-yet-cold manager he's got to impress if he wants to land the job.  So pulls out all the stops and gives a masterful audition, showcasing the passion of his music and his love of the audience.  Brad wasn't expecting the virtual doppleganger of his dead lover to walk into his b…

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Date Added: February 1st, 2014

Beggars and Choosers

I can't think of any other way to put it, so I'll just say it:  this book was brilliant!  Mia manages to tell the story from from multiple points of view yet still manages to have great depth in each character.  The story unfolds with an introduction to Brett, a young man scarred (literally) from an abused childhood.  He has witnessed the worst in humanity, from the one person in his life that should have been at the center of his childhood.  Nightmar…

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Date Added: January 30th, 2014

The Door Behind Us

A story within a story, The Door Behind Us begins in 1965, with an angry wounded man fresh in from the front lines.  He's lost a leg and, more importantly, part of his soul.  His doctor, an amputee himself, draws his patient into talking about his wound, and at the same time draws parallels with his own past.

Jersey lost a leg in the first World War, a bullet through the back of his knee by a wounded enemy souldier he trapsed past.  His humanity stayed his hands …

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Date Added: January 26th, 2014

Puzzle Me This

It takes an exceptionally romantic and geeky person to express their interest in someone by publishing a crossword puzzle in a newspaper, and then subscribing to the paper for them.  With the small amount of knowledge that Luke is a gamer guy, Alex steps up his game and steps out of his comfort zone to stalk Luke a bit (really, it's not that bad!).  Luke does a little sleuthing on his own and sends a message to the anonymous puzzle writer asking to meet him for coffee. &…

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Date Added: January 25th, 2014

Fish and Ghosts

Welcome to the Hoxne Grange!  We've got a lovely room with a view over the courtyard and the grounds beyond.  Dinner is served in the banquet hall, and there's dancing and refreshments in the ball room.  I have you down for three days; if you'll just sign the register, I'll take you to your room...

The dearly departed, those restless spirits that have been earthbound for centuries and are now at long last making their way to the hereafter enjoy one last taste of …

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Date Added: January 23rd, 2014

Taken

What do you suppose goes through your mind when you've been stood up at the altar?  Probably a few choice words accompanied with self-doubt and no small case of depression.  Roman's got all of that, but from the start he's also got a niggling suspicion something else must have happened.  He knows Malik inside and out, and the more he looks at what Malik left behind the more convinced he is that something terrible happened to Malik.  Following a series of c…

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Date Added: January 17th, 2014

Dumped in Oz

It's easy to think that there are two paths life can follow: the path leading to a loving husband and your happily-ever-after, or the path that seems to be riddled with potholes of disappointment and dark forests of lonliness.  Sometimes as we get older it seems we know which path we're on, and it can seem at times we're destined to walk that same road forever.

Lyle Powers is around 40 and has worked himself into a rut in life; he basically lives to work and in the be…

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Date Added: January 15th, 2014

This Little Whatever

 I had a lot of fun reading This Little Whatever by Nicole Forcine.  I have many Ren/WAR/Cosplay/Steampunk/Goth/Hippie friends myself, so it was fun to be swept up in the story as she described the kind of drama that I've always found so common with my fellow rennies.  Though I related to Dean moreso, because while I have these friends, we don't exactly move in the same circles.  Seeing the whole situation from Dean's perspective had me thinking, "yea…

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Date Added: January 5th, 2014

Appearances Matter

"Appearances Matter" by Jeff Erno is a great addition to the "Dumb Jock" series. I loved the portrayal of the characters, the exposition of bullying in schools, and the image of a popular jock seeing a wrong and righting it. It takes more courage to be the gay geek's guardian angel than to sit on the sidelines and watch the game when you already know who is going to lose if you don't take to the field.

A lot of people will be able to identigy with Todd.  He's been thrown i…

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Date Added: January 2nd, 2014

Fighting For Hope

 Grayson has a cause, and he's willing to fight for it. Even if it steps on the toes of gorgeous medical researcher James. In all things the two of them complement each other damn near perfectly... except this. Grayson wants to build a children's care facility where children can get proper care in a warm and comfortable environment. But James thinks that is more of a holistic medicine and doesn't see the need. He believes that the best way to help the ill is through research,…

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Date Added: January 2nd, 2014

Hobbled

Add a gay teen, a sleazy boss, an ice machine and a broken leg and you have a guy laid up in a cast on one leg and an ankle bracelet on the other! Poor Danny just can't get a break... or laid! Until a hot young guy pulls up to the vacant house next door and starts to move in (into Danny's heart and the empty house).

But there's a mystery brewing. Someone's going around near their neighborhood killing young teenage men, and with both their dads out of town they vow to watch each…

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Date Added: January 2nd, 2014

A White Coat Is My Closet

Jake Wells has a talent for pulling on the heart-strings, and this novel exemplifies that talent.  He had me in tears a couple times, and more than once I found parts of Zack's plight to be very relatable.  It's a rare gay person these days that makes it to adulthood without having at least gone through some kind of right of passage coming to acknowledge and accept their sexuality; how it is a part of their life and how that difference can sometimes affect how others per…

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Date Added: January 2nd, 2014

Welcome to Spectrum Books!

When the news crossed my desktop that Reviews by Jesse Wave was closing its virtual doors, I was struck by inspiration and thought it would be a novel idea (pun intended!) to perhaps pick up the reins.  Not just because they are leaving a void, not just because it's a great community-minded idea, but also because of the comments I read from many of their regular visitors and how much they were going to miss being able to stop by and read the latest posts.

For anyone t…

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Date Added: December 1st, 2013