Posts tagged Self-Published
Author Name: Louise Lyons
Book Name: On The Outside
Release Date: April 30, 2016
When Craig Ferguson is released from prison after a year’s sentence for fighting, he returns home to his father and brother, and the family business. Throwing himself back into the life he left, with family, work, and women, Craig tries to forget his time on the inside, but there’s one thing he just can’t get out of his mind.
Cell mate, Rocky Kirk, still has six months of his sentence to go, and after a year together in a tiny cell, Craig misses him more than he cares to admit. He does his best to forget, but when Rocky is released, and arrives on Craig’s doorstep, homeless and hurt, everything that happened between them comes flooding back.
Craig’s family takes in Rocky, now known as Kirk, and gives him a home and a job, but he’s reluctant to join in with their partying, and never seems entirely comfortable in their home. A few months later Kirk announces he has to leave, and when Craig presses him for an explanation, Kirk blurts out that his unwanted feelings for his friend are hurting him too much to stay. His admission changes everything, but Craig’s uncertainty, and fears of his father discovering their secret, threatens to ruin anything that could develop between them.
“Did you shower already?”
He sniffs like the concept is beneath him. “I’ll shower at home.” He’s limping when he walks over to grab his backpack.
By the Rules, the third book in the Evergreen Grove series, is this author’s first full-length foray into the male/male genre, but I sincerely hope it won’t be her last. There’s something so compelling about opposites attract romances, and the heroes in this story are as different as two people can be, at least on the surface. In addition to featuring vibrant characters and snappy dialogue, this novel explores the folly of making assumptions, and the importance of taking the time to get to know someone inside as well as out.
He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.
Author Name: Ana J. Phoenix
Book Name: For Never and Always
Release Date: March 10, 2016
Seth finds himself alone at an abandoned train station, with no idea what happened, or how he got there. He boards a train, only to discover it’s a special express transporting the recently deceased to their final destination. The conductor tells him he’s having a near-death experience. Seth wonders if it has something to do with his violent boyfriend, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting the hell off the train before he actually dies. But when he spots his best friend and secret crush among the traveling dead, the urge to leave fades…
“Where are we going?” Marshall asked as he walked with Kevin through the park after school. They rarely finished school at the same time but when they did they usually walked home together.
It’s inconceivable to me how, in the modern age of multiculturalism and diversity, racial prejudice can still exist. Sadly, however, this kind of intolerance remains very much alive in all corners of society. There are some so fixated on preserving their customs and way of life that they shun any family member who dares stray beyond the cultural divide. This is something the teenage heroes in this sweet novella by Jeff Adams discover for themselves, and having once been in a similar situation myself, I was able to relate perfectly to their experience.
Finding a guy was easy. Keeping him might be harder than running up a tree.
Kevin McCollum is a high school junior with the usual things on his mind: getting good grades, having fun, and finding a boyfriend. The last one was eluding him until he noticed the “parkour guy.” After several days of pretending to study while watching the attractive teen jump on rocks, run up trees, and do flips, Shin finally comes over to introduce himself. As they start dating, Kevin should’ve known it wouldn’t be that easy.
Rupert’s hands shook and his heart raced as he entered his PIN number at the cash machine. What the fuck was he doing? Was he really going to go through with this? He cursed as he got an error message, and tried again, more carefully this time.
What is it about beautiful boys with green eyes? This is the second book I’ve read recently featuring an emerald-eyed hero, and in both cases these young men ran away with my heart. Josh, one of the protagonists of Like a Lover, certainly pushed all my buttons. Perhaps this had to do with him working as an escort, which gives him just the right air of bad-boy sexiness. Perhaps it was because, beneath the blatant sensuality, he possesses a genuine kindness and steely determination to succeed. Whatever the reason, probably a combination of the two, I found him utterly irresistible.