Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Avon Gail & Piper Vaughn

Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

I’ve read one other book by this writing duo. I liked Permanent Ink, their first book in their Art & Soul series, but I definitely liked this one better. Both books involved a characters that were years apart. I don’t have a problem with “May/December” romances, I just like the way it was handled in Off the Ice better. 😉

I may have liked Sebastian a little less in the beginning of Off the Ice if readers hadn’t gotten both characters’ POV. Actually, even with it, I was a little disgruntled with his automatic assumption that Tristan was a ‘dumb jock’ type of student. Those early encounters said a lot about both characters though and the way Tristan handled the situation made me respect him even more. Sebastian did finally win me over, but not before he screwed up a couple more times.

This is one of those books that had supporting characters that actually made the story. Without Sebastian’s friend R.J. he may not have gotten as far with Tristan as he did. He was a great sounding board for Sebastian, but he also didn’t pull any punches. He let Sebastian know when he was being an idiot. Doesn’t everyone need a friend like that?

I also loved Tristan’s family and the team mates that he he was close to that he pretty much considered family. Coming out for him could have cost him a lot and I would have respected him either way.

I’m really happy that this book is part of a series. There’s more than one character I’d love to get to know better. This writing duo is off to a great start with the Hat Trick series.

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Virtual Book Tour

About Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart.

Almost a decade later, Kyle’s production partner hires Nathan’s stunt company, Second Chances, to work on a big-budget action film in London. Nate is floored by his explosive reunion with Kyle. But he sure as hell isn’t surprised that Kyle still treats their mutual needs—and Nate—like dirty little secrets.

As the London holiday season casts its dazzling spell, the two men find themselves falling in love again. Kyle is one breathless kiss away from declaring himself to Nate—and to the world—but they cannot ignore secrets borne of youthful mistakes. To protect their bright new future, Kyle and Nathan will need all their passion and trust . . . and a little Christmas magic.

Publisher’s note: This is a lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.

Available now from Riptide Publishing! 

About the 2017 Holiday Charity Collection

20% of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this year’s collection will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: https://lgbtnet.org/en.

This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:

Pre-ordering this collection will allow you to download each story two days prior to its official release date, as well as save 20% off the list price of the individual books.

About Katie Porter

Katie Porter is the co-writing team of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty, friends and critique partners of six years. Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie has an MA in history, while Lorelie is a US Army veteran.

Generally a high-strung masochist, Carrie loves weight training but she has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two girls are not appreciative.

Lorelie, a laid-back sadist, would rather grin maniacally when Carrie works out. Her three boys love how she screams like a little girl around spiders.

Connect with Lorelie and Carrie:

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Came Upon a Midnight Clear, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 25, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 

The Tower (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #9) By J.L. Bryan

Ellie’s new case takes her far out of town, to an historic but crumbling nineteenth-century skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. The reclusive, once-prominent family living at the top of the tower are experiencing paranormal disturbances that grow more threatening by the day.
Ellie and Stacey must unravel the hidden history of the tower and the ancestors of the family who occupy it—a history full of crime, corruption, wealth, and power. With floor after floor of dark, haunted spaces, the labyrinthine antique tower presents one of the greatest ghost-trapping challenges that Ellie has ever faced.

Having Ellie and Stacey travel out of their ‘comfort zone’ made things interesting. It didn’t make a difference in how they operated though.

The tower included some of the most interesting ghosts in this series yet. The family that Ellie and Stacey were working for had a lot of history. Some of it even they didn’t know about.

Sometimes the intrigue behind who the ghosts are and why they are still hanging around is as interesting as the haunting itself. The ‘bad guy’ in The Tower was really bad. He had a lot of power and a lot of time to find ways to seek revenge – over and over and over again. You could almost kind of respect his tenacity, if he wasn’t so evil.

The thing about The Tower was that there were a lot of ghosts. Figuring out who the mastermind was wasn’t easy, but if any ghost hunter could figure it out, my money would be on Ellie and Stacey. It wasn’t easy and there was plenty of danger involved, but Ellie and her friends never back down, especially when people’s lives depend on it.

I kind of liked the change of venue and Ellie probably needed it, but I also kind of missed her being in familiar territory. She still has some things to deal with and I can’t wait to see what J.L. Bryan has in store for her next.

Lace Covered Compromise Virtual Book Tour

Hello! I’m Silvia Violet and I’m here today to share my sexy contemporary romance, Lace-Covered Compromise. I can’t wait for you to meet Adam, a sharp-minded businessman with control-issues and Nate, an easy-going environmental scientist who likes panties and lipstick. They are going to take you on a wild ride.

Follow along through the week and don’t forget to check out my giveaway of a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.

About Lace-Covered Compromise

Adam Kingston expects to inherit his father’s multinational conglomerate. When he finds out half of it went to Nate Thomas—an annoying man whose dreams for Kingston Corp.’s future clash with Adam’s need to stave off financial disaster—Adam is furious. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to wrest control of Kingston Corp. from Nate.

Nate may be soft-spoken, but he refuses to be swayed by Adam’s arrogant demands. When Nate accidentally drops a pair of his lacy panties in front of Adam, there’s no mistaking Adam’s interest. Nate hadn’t realized Adam was bisexual, but now that his secret is out, Nate is willing to use Adam’s lust against him if it means protecting the welfare of the company he loves.

For Adam and Nate, hatred and desire are closely linked. Their inability to compromise threatens the company and could expose their tightly held secrets. But as they work together to develop a plan to save Kingston Corp., they begin to realize there might be more to their relationship than anger and lust.

Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/lace-covered-compromise

About Silvia Violet
Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop.

Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like, “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Lace-Covered Compromise, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 11, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 

Watch Point Virtual Book Tour

Hello! I’m Cecilia Tan, and right now I’m virtually touring my gay Navy SEAL romance, WATCH POINT. At each stop on the tour, leave comments to be entered to win a gay/queer romance prize pack from yours truly, including not only a copy of Watch Point, but a few of my other books (The Prince’s Boy, Magic University) and a Daron’s Guitar Chronicles swag pack with notebook and stickers.

About Watch Point

Eric Sakai-Johnson joined the Navy SEALs to protect his country and the people he loves. After discharge, he finds himself relegated to protecting big pharma billionaire Aiden Milford from assassination attempts and kidnapping. Until Aiden reneges on a promise, fires Eric, and lets Eric’s mother die with millions of dollars in medical debt.

Now Eric is the kidnapper. Snatching Aiden’s twenty-two-year-old son, Chase, for a multi-million-dollar ransom is the only way to get justice. It’s time for Aiden to learn what it’s like when someone you love is at the mercy of forces beyond your control. Eric has it all planned out. The one thing he didn’t plan for is the intense erotic spark between him and Chase.

Chase has been chafing under his father’s autocratic control. A gay hookup app has been his only ticket to rebellion—to clandestine moments of freedom, excitement, and danger. Now it’s his ticket to a deep connection and amazing sex with his “captor.” On the rocky island where they’re sequestered, Chase finds Eric to be everything he wants in a man: quiet, strong, capable, and honorable . . . until he finds out he’s been captured for real.

Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/watch-point

20% of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this year’s collection will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: https://lgbtnet.org/en.

This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:

Pre-ordering this collection will allow you to download each story two days prior to its official release date, as well as save 20% off the list price of the individual books.

About Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is “simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature,” according to Susie Bright. RT Magazine awarded her Career Achievement in Erotic Romance in 2015 and their prestigious Pioneer Award. Tan’s BDSM romance novel Slow Surrender (2013) also won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in Erotic Romance and the Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers chapter of RWA.

Her professional writing career began when she was still a teenager and her father offered to match every dollar she earned from writing while she lived at home. She immediately landed a gig writing a monthly column for Superteen magazine and provided articles to Teen Machine and other teen magazines. Her first professional fiction sale didn’t come until after college, though. While working a day job in book publishing in Boston, she began sending out erotic short stories. On the day she left her job to pursue a master’s degree in writing, her first short story acceptance arrived.

That was in 1992, several months after she’d founded Circlet Press, Inc., then the only book publisher dedicated to erotic science fiction and fantasy. Her first book, Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords, was self-published through Circlet because there was literally nowhere else that would even consider it.

Since then, Tan has authored many books, including the ground-breaking erotic short story collections Black Feathers, White Flames, and Edge Plays, and the erotic romances Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, and Slow Satisfaction, the Secrets of a Rock Star series, The Prince’s Boy, The Hot Streak, and the Magic University series—as well as various nonfiction books on baseball including The 50 Greatest Yankee Games and The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games.

Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and tons of other places. She was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2004, and won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for Best Fiction in 2010 for her crowdfunded web fiction serial Daron’s Guitar Chronicles.

She is the editor of the Baseball Research Journal and is publications director for the Society for American Baseball Research. She is also a part-time taekwondo instructor and is a certified therapist in an Asian bodywork style known as Okazaki restorative therapy. (That’s a fancy way of saying she can break you and then fix you up again.)

Tan has also been a lifelong activist in the BDSM and leather/fetish community. She is the founder of the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, the largest BDSM event in New England, and served for twenty years on the board of directors of the New England Leather Alliance (NELA) before stepping down to concentrate on writing and education.

She lives in the Boston area with her lifelong partner Corwin and three cats. Find out more at www.ceciliatan.com.

Connect with Cecilia:

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Watch Point, one lucky winner will receive a swag bag including a copy of Watch Point, The Prince’s Boy, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Vol 1, a DGC T-shirt, notebook, and stickers! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 11, 2017. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 

Life on Pause by Erin McLellan

Niles Longfellow is a nerd, and not the trendy type of nerd, either. He wears a historically accurate homesteader costume to work every day, has a total of one friend, and doesn’t know how to talk to guys. So when he gets a flat tire and the hottest hipster ever stops to help him, all Niles can think is that he’s wearing his stupid cowboy getup. Normally, Niles feels invisible to other men, but he’d take that invisibility any day over Rusty Adams seeing him in suede and fringe.
Rusty moved to Bison Hills to help his sister raise her daughter, and nothing is more important to him than that. He’s also fresh off a breakup, and isn’t prepared for anything complicated. But then he meets Niles. Rusty sees Niles as more than a clumsy, insecure guy in a costume. He sees a man who is funny, quirky, and unexpected.
Nothing about their connection is simple, though, especially the lies and insecurities between them. Niles doesn’t know if he can trust Rusty with his heart, and when Rusty’s sister decides to move away, Rusty doesn’t know if he can stay behind.

My gut reaction when I finished Life on PauseOh… I wanted to shake some sense into both of these young men by the end of Life on Pause… luckily they had really good friends. 😉 Yeah, that pretty much sums it up, but I suppose you want more right? *sigh*

I was in awe when I finished Erin McLellan’s first book, Controlled Burn. I loved the characters and their story and I couldn’t wait to see what readers would see from this talented new author. I wasn’t quite as enamored with Niles and Rusty, mainly because I spent most of their story being aggravated with them. Niles berated himself so much that he couldn’t fathom why someone like Rusty would ever be interested in him. He actually ended up sabotaging their relationship before it even got started. What made things worse was that Niles knew how he felt, he knew he had no self esteem, so to keep Niles from worrying unnecessarily, he hid some pretty big facts from him. I don’t even have to spoil anything for you to figure out how well things went between these two do I? And this is where the really good friends come in. 😉

So yeah, these guys aggravated me in a big way, but they had people who cared about them and could see past their faults. They also saw how much they were hurting themselves by hurting each other. Niles didn’t know how to be loved and Rusty didn’t want to get hurt so he thought he was better off walking away. All I can say is that it’s a good thing that we got both Rusty and Niles’ POV in Life on Pause or I would have given up all hope on both of them.

You’ve probably already guessed that I fell in love with some of the supporting characters. Rusty’s ex Todd grew on me, especially near the end of Life on Pause. Niles’ best friend Victor… I kinda loved him from the very first video chat. I really liked Rusty’s sister and niece too. Without these characters, who gave readers another perspective on both Rusty and Niles, I probably wouldn’t have ended up liking Life on Pause as much as I did. In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m kinda not so secretly hoping that readers eventually get more from Victor and Todd. Maybe not together (which given their semi-tolerant relationship would be loads of fun) but finding an HEA for one or both of them would be awesome, just sayin’. 

Holiday House Call (Calling It #3.5) by Jen Doyle

Dr. Karen Carmichael prides herself on being capable, optimistic and always in control. But even neurosurgeons have breaking points, especially as the holidays approach. When Karen finds herself on the side of the road, explaining to a cop that her less-than-stellar driving was due to stress and tears rather than too much booze, it’s humiliating. When that cop turns out to be a one-night stand from her past, it’s icing on the bad-day cake. 
Officer John “Tuck” Tucker didn’t expect to see Karen again after their night together. The circumstances may not be ideal, but convincing this beautiful, stubborn woman to get to know him with his clothes on is more fun than he could have imagined.  
Karen swore she’d never fall for someone who risks his life for his job. She sees enough heartbreak at work without inviting it into her personal life, and she has no interest in becoming involved in the small town Tuck calls home. But despite valiant efforts to keep her walls up, her affection for Tuck is growing into something much stronger. With a life built around work alone looking less appealing by the day, Karen will have to take a leap of faith—and trust that Tuck will leap with her.  

So, hear I go jumping into a series 3 (and a half) books in, but I suppose if I was going to do it, a novella about a new couple in the Calling It series was the perfect place to start. It gave me a taste of Jen Doyle’s writing and  a glimpse of Inspiration, the small town where the series takes place.

I kinda love small town romances and this one worked for me. Karen was not a small town person, but she cared about her patients and their families. Being part of a close knit community wasn’t a bad thing, but she planned to keep her distance. Falling for the local cop was most definitely not part of the plan – which was easier said than done given the connection and attraction that there was between Karen and Tuck.

Tuck wasn’t sure he was ready for commitment either, but he couldn’t deny the attraction and he was just as stubborn as she was. Being part of a small town though also meant that EVERYONE knew EVERYTHING about EVERYONE else and given his position, he wasn’t a fan of that aspect.

I really enjoyed their story and even though it was short, it wasn’t really lacking. They had a couple of missteps and they didn’t always communicate as well as they should have, but they both had big hearts and deserved the HEA more than either one of them realized.

I’ll probably be back tracking with this series or at least keeping an eye out for what comes next. Stay tuned. 😉 

Changing Colors (Seasons of Love #4) by Elyse Springer

Tony Quinn has a knack for figuring people out. He likes labels, likes to be able to put everyone and everything in tidy boxes. As a theater director, it allows him to run a production without too much drama. But when he meets Gentry—“call me Gee”—in a bar one night, he discovers that some people aren’t so easily defined.
Gee Parnell is unlike anyone Tony has ever met before. He refuses to conform—to Tony’s expectations, or to society’s gender roles. He’s sexy and flirtatious, unapologetic and unashamed. And Tony isn’t sure he’s okay with that. So he breaks things off and escapes back into his well-ordered life.
But then an attack leaves Gee bloody and bruised, and Tony realizes that he isn’t ready to lose him. Not only is the passion between them off the charts, but Gee shows him a different way of understanding people. However, an exciting new job opportunity means that Tony has to decide between hiding his sexuality and his relationship with Gee, and his newfound appreciation for the color and beauty Gee brings to his life.

I’ve been waiting for Tony’s book since he was first introduced in White Out, the first book in Elyse Springer’s Seasons of Love series. Since then, he’s made small appearances in each book, but he’s made an impact on almost everyone. Once he reached out to Sara in Heat Wave, readers got a little bit more of Tony’s story… and that was the perfect set up for Changing Colors.

So, confession time. I could kind of relate to Tony. I’m not proud of that fact, but I’ve gotta be honest. I admire Gee for his sense of self and I really liked him, but I’m pretty sure my initial reaction around him would have been as uncomfortable as Tony’s was. I think my reaction is more empathetic than embarrassed though. At least I’d like to think so. That being said, that’s one of the reasons why I like reading books that take me out of my comfort zone. They make me see things from a different perspective and make me want to be more understanding and even more empathetic than I already am.

That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t upset with Tony. He hurt himself almost as much as he hurt Gee. A lot of that goes back to the way he was treated by his father. He knew in his heart that he had screwed up as soon as he turned Gee away and he worked hard to try to make up for it. Then he blew it again by not being honest. Gee was such an amazing character, he deserved more than Tony seemed to be willing to give. It took losing almost everything for Tony to finally realize what was really important.

So yeah, there were a lot of ups and downs in Changing Colors. Although I’m kind of sad that the Seasons of Love series has come to and end, Tony and Gee’s story was the perfect finale. I’d love to check in with these characters again though. This was an amazing debut series for a very talented author and I can’t wait to see what Elyse Springer has in story for readers next.

The Road to Helltown (Preternatural Affairs #9) by SM Reine

My name’s Cèsar Hawke, and the people in my life are filled with good intentions.
We all know where that ends up.
A fissure to Hell has ripped from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and now half the City of Dis is in my hometown. Helltown’s hotter than ever. Demon dynasties are on the rise. Nightmares are out to get me.
Staying alive means forgiving people I’ve kicked out of my life, it means getting vicious with magic, and yeah, it means I’m dealing with dead bodies. Lots of them.
I’m Cèsar Hawke. I used to be an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. And this is how the world ends.

I was not a happy camper going into The Road to Helltown. Why you may ask? The answer is kinda petty, but simple. Out of all the male characters in this crazy world created by SM Reine, Cèsar Hawke is my absolute favorite. (Rylie’s my favorite female character, in case you’re curious.) I may be in the minority and that’s okay, but I suffered a little bit of heart break when I found out that this would be the last of Cèsar’s books. *sigh*

Regardless of my trepidation, I grudgingly put on my big girl pants and dove into the last Preternatural Affairs book knowing that SM Reine would give my beloved Cèsar the send off he deserved. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing I trust this author because Cèsar went through a lot in this book. The Road to Helltown was not a fun trip for anyone involved – least of all Cèsar.

The Road to Helltown was told by several different POVs, which included Fritz, Suzume (never call her that), Isobel and of course, Cèsar. Readers learned a lot about each of them in this book. Some good and some not so good. The thing I love about Cèsar is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He knows his faults and admits them freely and he’s blatantly honest – mostly about himself. Being in his head is so entertaining. Readers got that in The Road to Helltown, but they also got things that they didn’t expect – like real glimpses of Fritz, Suzy and Isobel.

I gotta admit, as much as I’ve loved Cèsar, I have not been a real fan of Fritz. He’s always seemed so stuffy and prickly and grumpy… you get the picture. That’s not just from this series either, because he’s made appearances in more than one series in this world. In true SM Reine fashion, my opinions about him changed in The Road to Helltown. I’m still not in love with him, but I can honestly say that I like him now. That’s major progress. 😉

Being in Suzy’s head was fun too. It was great to find out how much she cared about (and lusted over) Cèsar. It shouldn’t have surprised me too much because she was always passionate about her magic. It was just good to know that Cèsar’s love and respect wasn’t one-sided.

I’m not sure why, but I always found the relationship between Fritz and Isobel a little… strange? By the end of The Road to Helltown, I was more comfortable with it. Isobel’s POV helped with that I think. Truth is, I really think that this foursome is much better together than apart – their quirkiness just works better together.

SM Reine took these characters on a unique journey and I liked the twist. It was scary, gruesome, and at times even fun. The Preternatural Affairs series was most definitely brought to a satisfying end, but that doesn’t mean I’m still not going  to miss them… especially Cèsar. There are still a few things I’d like to know, so hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Cèsar and company. Maybe not all together anymore, but a glimpse or cameo here and there would be nice. ❤

 

Children of the Night – A Rainbow Railroad Anthology

Children of the Night is an anthology of M/M themed Vampire stories written by 4 separate authors. All proceeds benefit the Rainbow Railroad, which you can find out more about by following the link.
I’ve personally only read books by one of the authors in this anthology, but even so, I read them all. Below each description, you’ll find my individual reviews and ratings.

Wishing and Hoping by Tinnean
It’s finally the day of Ioan’s eighteenth birthday, and all that he’s been waiting for will finally be his—including the love of the man he’s secretly been in love with all these years. Everything is perfect. Until the love of his life shows up to his birthday party with a wife.

I really liked the premise of this one, but I kind of got lost in the writer’s style. There was nothing really bad about it, but it didn’t have the kind of flow that I’m used to. Beyond that, I loved getting to know Ioan, his family and the true love of his life. ❤

Lamb to the Slaughter by Joanna Chambers
There is very little Lucien enjoys more than the hunt of young men: beautiful, innocent, eager to learn all that a mature man like Lucien might be able to teach them…

Oh, this was a good one – and that’s pretty much all I’m going to say because anything else would give the story away. Enjoy!

Smolder by Christi Snow
All Zack wants is to be left alone. When Marissa, his boss, calls with orders that he take care of a new vampire in her area because she can’t, he’s absolutely certain this assignment is going to go any way but well.

Smolder was one of my favorites in the Children of the Night anthology. I’ve read pretty much everything that Christi Snow has written and she hasn’t disappointed me yet. From contemporary to paranormal, her witty, somewhat broken characters always draw me in and few are quite as broken as Zack. The only complaint that I have about Smolder was that it wasn’t quite long enough. I’d love more of Zack and Nash.

Lilac and Leather by Maris Black
Halloween night, and Matt would prefer to be anywhere but in an over-crowded club, especially when an old lover shows up, and he finally has to admit he’s gay. But the night takes a turn for the strange—and hot—when he meets the beautiful, mysterious Nicky…

I really liked Lilac and Leather, but I wish it would have been just a little bit longer. The story had a neat little twist, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say much more. There were just a lot of loose ends at the end that I really, really, really wanted tied up. So many questions! So many….