In which Mayhem taunts all of you and I include a few links

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Books & Reading

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Reading Update
Admit One by Jenna Hilary Sinclair. ebook. Wow. This m/m romance gutted me, because it was such a powerful read. And yet… I can’t tell you much about it, because part of its power and impact is in how the story develops and in how things are revealed. At the most simple level, it’s the story of a deeply closeted high school teacher in conservative rural Texas, who very occasionally drives to Houston to hook up with someone – but never the same someone twice. It’s a story of being afraid, of having extremely valid reasons to be afraid, and of living a life so constrained by those fears as to barely be alive. Definitely recommended.
Give and Take by Anne Brooke. ebook short. Good m/m romance about a guy who, two years after his partner of 13 years died, is out at a bar trying to connect with another guy for the first time in a very long time – and he so doesn’t want to have to make all the decisions…
Journey to Compromise by Mara Ismine. ebook short. Good paranormal m/m romance about a guy following an itch to travel. He’s had a bad year (lost love, lost job), but maybe things are starting to look up…
Healthy Obsession by Carolyn LeVine Topol. ebook short. Meh m/m romance about a player who’s finally decided he needs more out of life than one-night stands. While he’s at the gym, he meets a guy in the process of getting divorced and coming out and it’s twue wuv. (Hmm. Kinda snarky there. Possibly because I wanted to slap characters while I was reading.)
A Promise Given by Stormy Glenn. ebook. The usual m/m romance fare from Stormy Glenn in this follow-up to A Promise Kept. Can Alec possibly have a good reason for vanishing from Cooper’s life ten years ago? And if they have that pesky serial killer behind bars, who’s killing guys that fit the same profile now?
Blue Skye and Ryan’s Harbor by Viki Lyn. ebooks. After reading and enjoying Viki Lyn’s paranormal m/m romance, Last Chance, I decided to try this pair of m/m contemporary romances. Meh. Blue Skye was about an out artist and a closeted architect who meet again as adults. They were friends in high school, until they acted on their attraction and the architect fearfully rushed back into his closet. Ryan’s Harbor was about the architect’s gay assistant and the architect’s straight brother – this was a better read than Blue Skye, but be warned that the HFN ending suggests there could be more books in the future… *sigh*
Rescue by Sean Michael. ebook short. A quick little m/m about a guy who lost everything in a fire going home with one of the firefighters.
Purple Pen Diaries by Julia Talbot. ebook short. Fun m/m short about a mystery writer on a cruise who hooks up with a security guy trying to solve a mystery.
Landing with Both Feet (Thatcher Brothers, Book 2) by Julia Talbot. ebook. So-so m/m romance that had way too many flashbacks, between the Jed/Eli and Ross/Kevin stories. Too confusing. And I spent a fair amount of time being upset at people. Hmph. This felt like “Hey, that other Thatcher Brothers book did well – how about another one? Let’s mess up their lives to justify this sequel!”
Taking the Leap (Thatcher Brothers, Book 3) by Julia Talbot. ebook. Ok m/m romance tying up the last bit of the mess from the second book. After that angstfest, this book has no angst whatsoever.
Turguoise: Something’s Gotta Give by Kiernan Kelly. ebook short. Ack! Another stalker! Other than that, this was an ok romance about a guy who gets involved with a cop that he met when giving a statement about his ex stealing all of his stuff.
Texas Hold ‘Em, Slow Play, Pocket Pair, and Different Suits (Poker Night, Books 1-4) by Carol Lynne. ebooks. Decent m/m romance series about a group of guys who play poker together every other Saturday night. Each book focuses on one of the poker players as he finds love. As EH has commented, while you always know what you’re going to get with a Carol Lynne book, sometimes that works just fine.
Wild Raspberries by Jane Davitt. ebook. Very good m/m romance about a young man who runs away from home, then heads into the woods after some bad experiences on the road, where he runs into a cranky landowner.
Artistically Yours by Z.A. Maxfield, Andy Slayde & Ali Wilde, and C.T. Piatt. ebook collection. I enjoyed each of the three short stories in this collection of m/m romances about artists getting much, much closer to their models.
Rock Bottom by Celia Kyle. ebook short. Lyrically written m/m romance short about a guy whose partner died in a car crash and who’s been drinking to forget, until he hits rock bottom.
Night at the Office by Drew Zachary. ebook short. Nicely done, steamy short m/m encounter between a night watchman and a guy working late.
Playing the Market by Drew Zachary. ebook. Good m/m romance about a workaholic stockbroker and a footloose construction worker who find unexpected common ground.


“You know you want to rub my very soft and fluffy tummy! But you can’t! *neener neener neener*” -Mayhem

39 thoughts on “In which Mayhem taunts all of you and I include a few links”

  1. Nice fluffy tummy there Mayhem – I would love to tickle it!

    Thanks for all the linkety – cool about Carolyn’s live radio interview. 🙂

    Looks like more great reading this week. I so need more time.

    I’m sad about the feral cats too. 🙁 Poor things.

    Have a good day!

  2. Ah, so many books. Wild Raspberries was one of the first m/m books I ever read after JenB recommended it. It holds a special place in my little licorice heart.

    I’ve not had the greatest luck with those Taste Tests, maybe this one is worth it. Too often I only enjoy one if that of the stories. I’ll have to try Mara Ismine’s story as well as I liked the two I’ve read.

    Admit One I KNOW is not for me. Too much angst and the deep in the closet theme which makes me berserk. LOL

    Have a lovely day.
    .-= Tam´s last blog ..BDSM Day on the Blog =-.

  3. Great links! Loved the kitty pics, very aww!!

    Wow, you read tons. I LOVED Admit One. Wanted to hit him over the head a couple of times but loved it. Rescue and the Thatcher series were ok. Really liked Wild Raspberries and Playing the Market.

    Thanks for the mention! 🙂
    .-= Lily´s last blog ..Knight of Pleasure by Simone Anderson =-.

  4. oh wow… oh wow… oh wow… look at all of this..

    and yea.. i can rub that verra soffttt flufffyy tummmy… (*virtually ~ ha*)

    hope your day is going great hon!

  5. I think I’ll pass on the circuit board shoes.

    May one of these days you’re going to want us to scratch your belly and we’re not going to do it. 😉
    .-= Sydney´s last blog ..Easter =-.

  6. “You know you want to rub my very soft and fluffy tummy! But you can’t! *neener neener neener*”

    May – it’s cruel to tease. Thank you for all the links Chris. Oh, and I just read THE most amazing book – By Degrees (JB McDonald). It blew me away!
    .-= orannia´s last blog ..What Ya Watching? (Part II) =-.

  7. Here again 🙂 Took me over one hour to check out the links and read your book notes! The three aww links were so tempting 😉 and the ‘Chaos’ lolcatz pic made me laugh.
    Oh and I added 5 books(!) from your list to my carts over at FW and ARe along with the next books of Ally Blue’s BCPI series 🙂 I finished the first book, Oleander House, and really liked it! Thanks for rec’ing that to me 🙂

    May looks cute *sending him loving tummy scratches*
    .-= ErotRomReader Janna´s last blog ..Interview & Giveaway with Lorie O’Clare =-.

  8. Those links took me two bloody days to get through… Evil links..

    I have to add some of those books to my pile… I see you have caught up on the Poker Nights series.. I thought the last one was the best one..

    Are those Lyn books short read? – I like books with men in a profession – makes it better somehow… Sometimes I cant be bother with the down on their luck protags..

    Too much baggages

    E.H>
    .-= Erotic Horizon´s last blog ..Whatever is in your bag this weekend – Enjoy….. =-.

  9. Okay– something to cheer you up? I was gonna say something to gross you OUT, but it is cat related… will that help? We’ve noticed my daughter’s psycho cat Gordie has been cleaning our dog’s ears. A lot. We just got the dog back from her six-month overhaul (tighten the chassis, inflate the tires, empty the renal glands– you know, fun stuff) and apparently she’s got a double ear infection w/a different beastie in each ear. So, uhm, yeah. We need to feed Gordie a different brand of cat food if he thinks that’s a good time, don’t we?

  10. I still can’t get past the unfortunate name, let alone the Mad TV comic advertising take on the iPod turned iPad long before Apple created the darned thing.

    Hey kids! Get off my lawn. And leave the kittens alone.
    .-= Karen B.´s last blog ..We are everywhere! =-.

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