Review: “Drama Luau” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Luau
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: : Yes – Nicky and Noah Comedy Mystery series
PUBLISHER: Smashwords
COVER ARTIST: Holly McCabe
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha!


Boy, was this a fun read. To me, it was a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote. So much so that it would make a great show. Loaded with puns and one-liners, I found myself enjoying it more than I expected. Also, it was obvious from the beginning that the author took the time to research not only the general location history but the beliefs as well.

Nicky and Noah are on their honeymoon. Since there were some financial cuts, the only way to afford a Hawaiian honeymoon was to make it a working one. The pair are put in charge of the resort’s luau production. But if you have read the other books in the series then you know that it never is as simple as that. On opening night, the drama starts. As the dancers go missing and the suspect list grows, Nicky and Noah, with the help of their friends Martin and Ruben, are on a quest to solve the mystery. All four with their dramatic flair try to unravel what’s really going on.

What I really liked was how the author kept you guessing. With so many suspects with many different reasons. Just when you think you know who, another reason pops up. Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you. I have to say though, for me, Taavi was by far my favorite. Such a sweet, smart boy. Who wouldn’t want to have him for a son.

I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book*** 

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Review: “As You Wish” by Isobel Starling

TITLE: As You Wish
AUTHOR: Isobel Starling
SERIES: Shatterproof Bond
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Isobel Starling
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 238 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2015
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay’s brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairy tale Castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided, so that he didn’t feel left out, Annabelle’s gay younger brother Sam Should share the best man duties with Declan.

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man.
Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn’t meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.

But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realise the kid isn’t a kid at all, but a tall, blond and athletic young man. Declan is sure he’s straight, so he’s alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love 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.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.


Now, this is how you start a series. It has everything you look for without any of the full moments. I loved the way the author gave you both viewpoints while still retaining some of the mystery. Sam and Declan are a joy to discover.

Even though they had been exchanging emails for over a year, Declan and Sam had never physically met and had no clue what each other looked like. Their first meeting may have been a sour one, but that didn’t last long.

Declan’s straight. He’s had a long run of boring to downright horrible internet dates. He has finally come to the conclusion that he just isn’t meant for a happy relationship. In fact, he has pretty much been labeled a commitment-phobe.

Sam’s a gay man who works for his father. For the last two years, he has worked in places where he’s had to hide the fact that he is gay. Countries where gay men are beaten and killed with nothing done about it. It has left him not only lonely but extremely horny as well.

When these two really start to get to know each other the fun begins. They are funny and sexy. I really enjoyed the shenanigans they got up to. This is book one of a three book series.

Just by this story alone, I can tell that I am going to love the other two as well. With mystery, action, love, and some steamy sex scenes, this promises to be a favorite of mine.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “From Top To Bottom” by Kevin Klehr

TITLE: From Top To Bottom
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Humor; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: –
LENGTH: 56 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2017
PRICE: : $1.99 -e-book
  

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Can a dedicated top really learn to bottom? Tony wants to find out but he’s scared another die-hard top will just plow through him, instead of taking it nice and slow on a newbie.

Enter Butch, a bear who’ll try anything, and Ford, a guy whose curiosity is tempting him to cheat on his boyfriend. Like Tony, both are dedicated tops wanting to try something new, and on this journey of physical self discovery, all will find that being open means more than taking it doggie-style.


First of all, before I go any further, I want to start by saying that this book, for being under 60 pages long, was an unexpected little gem of a read and I didn’t want it to end.

The main character of the story is Tony, who sexually has always been a top. At 29 years old, he decides that he wants to explore his sexuality a little more and has become curious about what it would be like to bottom. The only thing holding him back is the fear of another top hurting him. Tony has a very close relationship with his father, and no topic is off limits between them, especially Tony’s sex life. When Tony mentions to his dad that he wants to try being a bottom his dad plays it off like a joke by making fun of Tony, saying that he’ll now be like the girl in bed. He thinks that Tony needs to grow up and settle down and take a bit more responsibility with his life as he’s too much of free spirit. Not to be deterred by his dad’s skepticism, Tony updates his social media profiles to say that he’s a top, looking for another top who would be interested in exploring bottoming. This is where he meets Butch and Ford. When the three men meet at Tony’s apartment for the first time, Butch tells Tony that he’s in an open relationship with his long-term partner. Ford announces he’s also in a relationship, but his partner doesn’t know that he’s meeting up with the men. From this first meeting, the three men discover that they are very sexually compatible, can get completely comfortable with each other and are able to let go. This new experience has awakened something in each of them that has been dying to get out.

This author has done a fantastic job with this story. It really has everything you can ask for in a book, it’s smutty, but also incredibly funny in parts and then it’s also emotionally deep. We follow these three men on their journey through finding themselves and what happiness is for them, and it isn’t what you’d expect from where it all begins. The story is written in first-person so we get to see the whole experience from Tony’s point of view. The way the author tells the story and how it’s written has you completely immersed, and I really felt like I was part of the little bubble that was created.

From the author bio at the end of the book, we discover that he lives in Australia. This really comes across in the writing as some of the language used makes you aware straight away that it’s not set in the USA. At first, I thought it was British as some words are similar, but this did not affect the story in any way, in actual fact it makes the funny parts funnier, reading it with an Australian accent in your head (I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this *giggles*) just adds to the overall enjoyment.

As I’ve already said, this book was a little gem, I loved every bit of it, and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. I literally can’t stop the smile that’s on my face.

5 out of 5.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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Review: “Until You” by TJ Klune

TITLE: Until You
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: At First Sight
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST:
GENRE:Contemporary Romance; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 149 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2017
PRICE: $4.61 -e-book  

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Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster and Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.


levilogooptimummAlthough the book is a sequel to “The Queen & the Homo Jock King”, the story is not about Sanford, aka Helena Handbasket, and Darren. This funny, long-awaited story is about Paul and Vince who, we met in “Tell Me It’s Real”.
I don’t know about you dear reader, but for me, TJ Klune is a “classic”.

He captured my heart with “Wolfsong” then he continued to still me away with the “Bear, Otter and the Kid” series… I’ve written this before, but I need to repeat myself, I think this amazing author uses some magic in his writing.

To tell, that I loved this story would be an understatement. I inhaled it completely then I kept it in me for days. It’s not an easy task, let me tell you, to review TJ’s books because there are so many things to tell, but you never find the right words for it.
Paul and Vince are getting married. Then, of course, Paul has a minor-major panic attack that leads him into the supply closet of his office, where he calms down. I know all of you think now: What is Levi talking about, I don’t get it… so let me rephrase it for you. We all know Paul right? You don’t?! Ohh man read “Tell Me It’s Real”

Well as I was saying, we all know Paul, right?! That’s better … He’s panicking big time: what if Vince asked him to marry him-and now he changed his mind-and now he’s stuck with Paul- and now what will happen to Paul because Vince is Paul’s ONE, kind of panic attack, that leads him into the supply closet (that’s what i’m talking about you see? i make sense …sometimes…), thanks to the Queen of all the Queens Helena Handbasket. Well, that scene is the hottest Paul-Vince smexyscene ever.

As usual with this series, it makes you laugh or more likely howl like a hungry hyena. We’ll meet Johnny Depp the infamous parrot again, who still has a big crush on Vince and he still hates Paul, and he lets him know allright. We can experience little Paul too, that made me tear up! Damn! Then…wait for itwait for it…we will meet SEXY PAUL!!! Oh man!!! Ohh M A N!!! I was dying reading that scene, hilarious does not even cover it! He’s irresistible, and he pulls out skills that no one, and I mean no one, could imagine.

You are waiting for my rating right? As I told you before, there are not enough stars in this galaxy to rate TJ Klune’s books!

I strongly recommend this book to everyone!

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Yes, Professor” by Renae Kaye

TITLE: Yes, Professor
AUTHOR: Renae Kaye
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Bawd Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 -e-book
  

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Twenty-two-year-old Avery Stewart has a crush on his neighbor. Always attracted to older men, Avery is tantalized by Mr Redding’s professorial looks and obvious obsession with perfection.

When he finally gets the courage to speak to Christopher Redding, Avery manages to get invited back that evening on the pretext of bringing a cake for Christopher’s birthday. But things don’t work out how Avery had planned, and he finds himself sent home with the cake and without any intimacy.

Christopher is everything Avery has ever desired—older, self-assured, dominant, and intelligent. Avery needs someone in his life to take charge—in and out of the bedroom. He wants Christopher to be that man. However, Avery must first convince Christopher to take a chance on him.


levilogooptimummDamn, she did it again! I swear she does this on purpose just to annoy me! Of course, I couldn’t put her book down, again, till I finished it.

The last time I reviewed her book, “The Straight Boyfriend” I may or may not have said that Renae is a closeted man. Well, I may add to that by saying she is a closeted Dom too, or Sub…

So this book is the purest form of BDSM, the emotional part of it. Although the book has sexual content, I can’t call it erotica at all. Why? Because we are guided through Avery’s feelings, who seemed to be attracted to older more mature and dominant men. When he moves into his new house, with his best friend Nick, he suddenly feels obsessed with his new neighbor the Professor. The older man has his own schedule, that, by now, Avery knows by heart. He tends to spend so much time trimming his hedges into a perfect shape, like every day, and that action gives funny tingles to Avery’s different body parts. He can’t help it, the neatness and the puttogetherness of the older man makes him horny as hell.
Then, one day, he has enough with stalking and takes action. With the pretense of searching his mail, what he already collected like a few hours ago, he bends in all different positions, offering the goods, for a very low price. Don’t look at me like that, it was Avery’s words, not mine…judgy readers…huh!
His actions got him an, *cough self-invitation to the professor’s house. Chris, Christopher, oh man he knows what he wants!, has his birthday, and Avery decided that Christopher, not Chris, needs a birthday cake.
Well, that didn’t go as well as he hoped, and he promised himself that he will not give up on him.

I loved Avery, he’s funny, messy and very, very obedient. Avery is all gay men’s wet dream. And by all men, I meant those who like to be in control. Avery needs grounding, and the Professor can deliver it. But Christopher wants more, “more” Avery doesn’t know. He never did more, get in, get ordered around and get out. Being with Christopher though…this time he may want more…

When, last night, I forced Renae to admit that she is kind of a psychic, because she must have gotten in my head, stealing all my wet dreams, and put down in words, she denied it! Well, she didn’t convince me at all!
Dear Renea, I congratulate you again and again, and just so you know, you can crawl in my head anytime you like, and write the stories about my dreams!

One gazillion OptimuMM!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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