Review of Unexpected Powers by Chris Hart

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Synopsis

Unexpected Powers, Book Four

Ash’s life hasn’t been the best so far. Mated to a man he hates, he resigns himself to his fate of being abused. When his mate kidnaps the highly pregnant Alex, they become friends, and to Ash’s surprise, Alex’s rescuer saves him as well. Now he can start a new life, but it’s going to be a lonely one, due to his visible and invisible scars.

D didn’t seek out a man, but one look at Ash and he’s head over heels in love. But Ash needs to work through his issues before he can see D’s love for him. Slowly, Ash learns to trust D, but with their growing feelings, other strange phenomena appear. What’s up with lights turning on without Ash touching the switch and doors opening on their own? Is something dangerous happening and threatening their blossoming love? Or is it something else altogether?

MY REVIEW

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It’s fourth is a series. To have the best experience, I would recommend reading from the beginning, although it’s not necessary to understand it.  For those unfamiliar with the series I suggest you skip down to Alex’s Surprise for a review and read the synopses and reviews of the three prior stories and scroll back up.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the series. The third book was my favorite but I would recommend Unexpected Power even if you don’t read the first three. Although, why wouldn’t you?

Unexpected Powers

4 Stars

This book centers on two other characters brought in during Saving Alex, Ash and D. It also starts with events already brought forward in books two and three but in yet another perpective. Again, there are little understandable inconsistencies that emerge. Book  four introduces yet another facet of paranormal fiction, the sorcerer. The author creates a hierarchy of these different facets that makes for an interesting read.

The fourth book in a bit preachier than the first three, although the morals get explained more and more as the series develop.

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Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart

Unexpected Series

Alex’s Surprise

Alex wanted a night of hot passion with Gerome, but he gets more than he ever bargained for. His life will be changed forever in a world where he’ll be thrown in jail— or worse— for being pregnant.

Alex’s best friend, Sam, has been acting strange ever since he met Alex’s one-night stand, but now Alex needs help in order to hide, and Sam is his only hope.

MY REVIEW

3.5 Stars

The premise is interesting. A man, Alex,  goes to a bar, gets a one-night-stand, who happens to be a vampire, has sex and gets pregnant. Problem is, male pregnancy is illegal, for some reason. Alex and his best friend deal with it, with the help of the vampire. Man and best friend fall in love.

I enjoyed the world-building. The pace of the story is fun, the p.o.v alternating between Alex and Sam. The angst is about the hardship of the pregnancy, and Alex’s loneliness. The suspense is whether Alex and his best friend will finally admit their love for each other. It’s an HFN ending, so…. Guess.

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Saving Alex

Not only is Alex pregnant, something punishable by jail time, but Gerome, the father of the baby, is a vampire prince. When strangers invade Alex’s home and kidnap him, he doesn’t know who is responsible, if he’ll ever see the man he loves again, or even get to see the child growing inside him.

Considering himself the father of his lover’s child, Sam has a hard time standing around and letting others plan Alex’s rescue. But when the Prince and his trackers find an important clue, the race to save his beloved is on. Now all he can do is cross his fingers that the scheme they’ve devised will work.

When Prince Gerome receives ransom demands, the instructions are clear: mate a complete stranger or he’ll never see Alex or the child he carries again. Will he be able to convince his newly intended to help, or will those seeking to dethrone his family win this evil game of blackmail?

MY REVIEW

3.75 Stars

Book two is a continuation of Alex and Sam’s story, written in their p.o.v.’s.  The world-building continues, new concepts such as the existence of shifters and Vampire Royalty, as well as the concept of mating, are added and expanded upon. building from the first story. New characters are introduced . The story shifts to a more character driven story to one filled with more action, yet still expands our knowledge of great personalities

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Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.

When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.

Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? And can love blossom where only hate exists?

MY REVIEW

4.25 Stars

It’s in book three that things get interesting. Alex and Sam become secondary characters although they don’t disappear. The vampire from series one and his consort from series two become the main focus and the primary p.o.v’s. New concepts such as the D/s dynamic is the mating ritual, are introduced. Morals are discussed more. What I find interesting is that the story begins with events the reader already knows from series two but told in different perspectives, and as such the information is slightly different. Some readers might think of these as inconsistencies. I believe they may even be deliberate in order to cement that this story is not Alex and Sam’s Story, but that of Gerome and Luis.

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Author Chris McHart

A bout the Author

Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).

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Review of Luscious Justice by Odin Nightshade

My Review

4 stars

Firstly, this is an mpreg shifter novel. As a man, I find that I sometimes have a weird fascination with the idea of being pregnant and giving birth. Some people dislike this concept, saying it’s unrealistic. Coming from people who enjoy reading about werewolves, vampires, ghosts having sex with live persons,  and unrealistic happily-ever-afters, I find this stance a bit hypocritical, but I digress.

Odin’s world-building abilities are still well toned for this story and the author uses them well. Two characters find each other using a dating app for shifters. They are well matched for each other. Each one is driven and civic-minded. However,  they find themselves on opposite sides of a legal issue, mainly because one was brought up in a pack, and the other by humans. The human world is fiercely prejudiced against shifters. The author brings forward the angst caused to each character by this prejudice quite nicely. It affects them and their budding relationship in acute ways.

I won’t go into the actual storyline more than I already have, but  Iwill say, that although I found the outcome of the story predictable, the story itself and the morals intertwined in the telling were compelling enough to sustain me. The sex scenes were enjoyable too.

One little negative was the presence of a few grammatical errors, more so than in other works by Odin Nightshade, but they didn’t keep me from enjoying it.  Also, a little side-note, it’s only sold in paperback for the moment, as far as I can tell.  Bring on the ebook? Just a thought.

I’m looking forward to the next Odin Nightshade experience.

Rainbow Snippet for March 25, 2017

Ned LogoHello, snippeters. This week’s snippet is from one of  Ned Ericsson’s untitled works-in-progress.  To see more snippets click here.

Snippets are a small taste of a work, normally around six sentences. Here are mine:

If this were a normal school day, the chances of my surviving a visit to my locker without being accosted by someone in one form or another would be slim. The jocks don’t particularly like me. Okay, they all but hate me. I’m strange, I guess. They all tell me I stare too much. I try not to. Some of them are good-looking, sure. I avoid looking at those people, but still I apparently observe too closely.

Review of Unexpected Threeway by Odin Nightshade

Blurb

A red-hot summer, quite unlike those they shared as children.

Kyle Brenner has a secret.

And no matter how hard he’s tried to deny it, those mixed-up feelings he’s had since high school for his best friend Jackson just won’t go away—even after a concerted effort to date as many pretty girls as possible while away at college.

But Kyle’s not the only one in Spruce Falls with a secret. And once he’s back on the ranch for summer break with Jackson and the third member of their trio Paul—who suddenly looks hotter than ever—the secrets each one has been hiding get harder and harder to keep under wraps.

With Kyle’s situation feeling more complicated by the second, only one thing’s for sure: this summer won’t be like the ones they shared as children.

Unexpected Threeway is another red-hot instalment in the First Time Bareback Cowboys series, which can be read and enjoyed in any order.

My Review

4 Stars

I have the privilege of reviewing another story in the First Time Bareback Cowboys series, another ARC.

I’ve reviewed one other book in the series, which can be seen here, and was looking forward to reviewing this one.

I wasn’t disappointed. The story, as the title suggests, revolves around three young men. They are all from the same small town and have been friends forever. Each has been keeping a secret from the other. Each one is gay and has a crush on at least one of the other two.

The story is in Kyle’s point-of-view (POV) and follow his discoveries, We witness his anxieties and his excitement at coming back home to his farm.

The story’s character development is superbly threaded throughout. All three main characters must deal with homophobia and their fear of being outcast by family and the citizens of their small town. The situations are emotional and believable.

As for the sex scenes, they are erotic and nicely paced.

I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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Odin Nightshade is on a mission—a mission to make you moan, groan and cry out for mercy. Join Odin and his crew of sexy characters on a journey of love, lust and intense exploration of your wild and sensual sides. Imagination knows no bounds, and nor should your fantasies…

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Monday Flash Fic-March 6, 2017

 

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Time for another Monday Flash Fic. The concept is simple. Write a story of 500 words (approx.) based on a picture, a different one is provided every week.

This week, the story is based on the above picture and is 521 words. I usually try to trim it down to below 500 but this, to me, is close enough. It’s short and relies on readers to have a fantastical imagination, but I like it anyway:

Escape

I wake up with a start. My nose twitches, as if there’s something on it. I swat at it, and the sensation goes away, but returns within seconds. I open my eyes and focus. I see a blurred blackness. Scared, I swat it away. A butterfly rises into better focus, it’s Orange and black wings fluttering badly as it tries to settles, once again, on my nose.

I quickly raise an arm, pointing a finger in the air. The butterfly drifts down and land on my finger. I stare at it before my eyes drift down to my chest which is covered by Monarchs of various sizes. I lift my head to witness many more. My body, which is lying on the cold ground, seems covered with them.

I try to think where I am and what I’m doing here, but am instantly distracted by the loud noise of a motor roaring and a rapid swishing sound. The butterflies scatter, flying upward. And that is when I realize all I’m wearing is underwear. I push myself up to a standing position and try to get my bearings.

I can hardly see anything. It looks like I’m in a field of some sort of tall grass. The roar seems to be getting closer. I panic and shout out. The roar gets louder, closer. I try to run  but stumble on the lumpy ground and am impeded by the long stalks of grass cutting at my skin. The roar gets even louder.

Not knowing what else to do, I stop and look up. Orange light hits my eyes as it bounces from the clouds up ahead. I see butterflies floating in the air. Some are flapping their wings frantically. I have no idea how much time I have left. The roar has subsided and all I can hear is the whipping sound coming ever nearer.

I don’t have much time left. In desperation, I throw my arms up in the air and shout. “Help me, please.” I hear a far-away voice respond. I shudder. I don’t know how, because I can’t distinguish words over of the roar and the whipping sound, but I know whatever was said wouldn’t be good for me. Tears start to stream down my face.

Suddenly, I feel a butterfly on the tip of a finger, then one on my wrist, and then more float down. Soon, as it was when I woke a few moments ago, I’m covered by them. My skin feels weird covered with these magnificent insects, like a pressure is building inside me, as if my skin were expanding.

I feel myself being lifted. My feet leave the ground. I float upwards. Suddenly something grabs my heal. I look down to see an angry-looking scruffy older man scowling up at me trying to pull me back down. I kick and his grip releases as he shouts in pain.

I continue to float upwards and towards the sun. I hear the angry man shout, “Damn it. The kid is getting away. “

I smile, as I continue to float. I’m finally free. The butterflies saved me.

 

 

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Review of Hearts Over Blood by Odin Nightshade

Blurb

Wyatt Kent would give anything to leave the small, podunk town of Spruce Falls. But after a horrific car crash leaves his older brother Shane without his legs, Wyatt can’t bring himself to make the escape, seemingly destined to watch his brother’s emotional health deteriorate day after day, while letting his own dreams of a bright future slowly slip from his reach. And the reappearance of Shane’s gorgeous former best friend Knox Porter doesn’t help.

Knox had been with Shane the night of the accident, and while both young men had dreamed of entering the national rodeo circuit, it was Knox who had escaped unharmed and went on to become a national star. Shane’s resentment toward Knox since the accident is fierce, and while Wyatt is his brother’s staunchest advocate, the passionate kiss he shared with Knox before he joined the circuit has him wondering if he can stay away from the sexy bull rider now that he’s returned.

Wyatt’s attempts at mending the pair’s friendship prove disastrous, and when he finally learns the truth about the night of the accident, Wyatt is forced to make an impossible decision that may end up placing his brother’s very life on the line.

The situation is dire, and Wyatt’s in it up to his elbows. He only hopes he can repair the damage before he breaks his brother’s heart, or loses his own.

Hearts Over Blood is another red-hot instalment in the First Time Bareback Cowboys series, which can be read and enjoyed in any order.

My Review

4.25 Stars

I was excited to review this. As happens to me frequently, I was given an advanced copy of Hearts Over Blood by the author in order to write an honest review.

The story is complex, emotional and sexy. It deals with heavy subjects, among which are attempted suicide and depression, with compassion and thorough thoughtfulness. People who’ve had to deal with these issues first hand might be triggered, but I believe the author handles the scenes responsibly and with care. The situation and the outcome are realistic and not overdramatized or overdone. These scenes are not overly graphic and I believe that was a good choice on the author’s part.

The sexual story arc is interesting, although it’s later implied that the two main characters had been having anal intercourse for some time, the author chose to start with a kissing scene, later a petting and oral sex scene, and much later an anal sex scene. The scenes were erotic in nature but progressively  increased in intensity, creating a nice sense of anticipation, until the final climax, so to speak.

It should be noted that the characters did use a condom, whatever the series name implies. Something of which I’m glad. I dislike the bareback trope of the characters discussing the use of condoms, even  though sometimes they’ve only known each other a few hours, explain that one is a virgin and the other was tested, and without proof, decide a condom isn’t needed. It’s irresponsible and the author avoided the use of that trope, thank goodness.

The character development of the romantic leads and that of the best friend/brother was thorough, interesting and emotionally satisfying. The author cared enough for each of these characters to allow each one to grow and to allow the reader to explore them all. Shane’s character, although not romantic in nature was important, because it helped define his brother Wyatt’s personality as well as his best friend Knox. What Shane goes through and how he deals with the pain of it, determines how Shane and Knox see themselves and their relationship.

There was just the right amount of angst and emotion, and the resolution was believable and creatively woven into the story.   

This being an erotic story, it’s meant for an over eighteen audience. That would be appropriate.

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Review of Falling Hard by Dale Cameron Lowry

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TitleFalling Hard Author: Dale Cameron Lowry Length: 233 pages/57,000 words Publisher: Terrestrial Press

Genres: short stories, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance 

Blurb

Falling Hard features nine of Dale Cameron Lowry’s best short romance stories, available for the first time in one book. Meet a sign language interpreter who finds unexpected love at middle-age, college students in their first relationships, a vampire who would rather be a vegan, and a proudly gay ex-Mormon atheist who sells Bibles for a living. From sweet to erotic, this collection exhibits the quirkiness, fun, and diversity Dale’s writing is known for.

My Review

Overall Book: 4.5 Stars

Dale and I know each other through Wayward Ink Publishing. In fact, I even helped him beta one of the short stories in this anthology. When he asked a group on Facebook if we wanted to review Falling Hard, I jumped at the chance.

As a writer of short stories myself, the idea of putting them all in an anthology intrigued me. There could have been several ways to do it—chronologically, by heat level, by theme.

Dale chose a theme and grouped his shorts into three categories—Falling Fast, Falling Fantastically and Falling Deep.

This was a great idea. Start with stories of love sparks, continue with stories in the fantasy vein, and end with stories, although sparking fast perhaps, sometimes love takes some work.  

Although a writer, I’m not an expert, but I couldn’t tell which stories were written first and that says a considerable amount about Dale’s writing ability and the great editing of the stories.

The overall flow of the book was satisfying. Some stories fall within more than one of the categories, and that’s okay. Dale’s writing tends to be philosophical in nature and can’t be pressed with only one stamp.

I do have my preferences and my favorites, but each story gave me a little something, a glimpse into what love can be, and actually taught me some things along the way.

Following each blurb will be my review. My favorite will have an little example of Dale’s writing.

 

Here is a taste of each story in Falling Hard:

 

Falling Fast

  • Mi Alma 

    — Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension—and possibly something much deeper.

My Review 

4.25 Stars

I enjoyed this. I actually read it on its own and was planning to review it anyway. The characters are believable. Even the situation is. Lust can happen at any time and combined with being a good person, it can lead to exactly where this story went.

The writing is crisp. It’s a short, so I sometimes wanted more details than what was presented, but I’m a firm believer in imagination and can use my own.

  • Loggerhead

    — Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles—and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.

My Review

4.25 Stars

Since the story involves two men in a six year relationship, I wondered about the placement its placement within Falling Fast. I realized that its placement was due to falling for a destination not a person.

The characters were solid and well developed. The sex scenes helped in solidifying their personalities and demonstrating their commitment to one another.

  • Reading the Signs 

    The only thing twenty-three-year-old Theo De Jong expects when he enrolls in a summer school for linguists in New Mexico is to get more ideas for his master’s thesis in Dutch Sign Language. But then he meets the American sign language expert Alfonso Grossman, and sparks fly.

My Review

4.25 Stars 

Not only do we get to experience two great characters but we also get to learn something. Dale’s knowledge of sign languages seems genuine and it shows in the believability of the characters. Both characters fall fast for each other, being thrust in a new environment can do that. There is genuine reluctance on one character’s part, and that strengthens the believability. 

Falling Fantastical

  • Born of Fire

    — The fairies on Ireland’s north coast are notorious for kidnapping, and Aodhán of County Donegal has the scars to prove it. When the fairies abduct the handsome youth Cainnech, Aodhán seeks to free him—but risks losing his health and Cainnech in the process.

My Review

4.25 Stars

I really enjoy Dale’s fantasy writing. His imagination and ability to stretch the boundaries of trope and genre expectations is genuinely heart-pumping for me.

Born of Fire is no exception. The characters are written beautifully, the world-building is interesting and the romance is satisfying.

  • Ghost of a Chance 

    When shy Jeremy Anderson meets mysterious and dapper Frank at his spooky old university library, their connection is instant. Their romance waxes with the full moon—but just as quickly, Frank’s interest seems to wane. He insists that he loves spending time with Jeremy, but then why does he keep Jeremy at arm’s length?

My Review

4.25 Stars

This story was charming and sexy. I had a problem with a ghost getting an erection until my hubby asked me “What do I know about the properties of neoplasm in ghosts?” He had a point. I couldn’t answer. I enjoyed the characters and the sentiment that emotions, including and especially love, make a person whole.”

  • Far From Home — Rajiv met and fell in love with his husband, Mateo, when they were both members of the scientific team responsible for transforming Mars into a home suitable for humans. But years into their shared mission, Rajiv is ordered back to Earth to restore the barren lands of the American Midwest. With a little help from technology, the two men find innovative ways to nurture their long-distance relationship while they wait to reunite.

My Review

4.5 Stars 

This was about a normal couple in a long distance relationship using sexting(or the future equivalent thereof) as a means to enhance and continue their relationship whilst being apart. The world-building was incredible and even plausible. The characters intriguing, the writing beautifully crafted.

  • Sweeter Than Blood

    — Keith was a vegan before a hot encounter with a stranger turned him into a vampire. In the year since, his sire, John, has tried to make up for the mistake by teaching Keith everything he knows about being a non-murderous bloodsucker. But temptation is strong in the form of Andres, a regular customer at the barbershop where Keith works. When Andres finally asks Keith on a date, the real danger begins.

My Review

4.25 Star

A little disclaimer—I helped beta this one. I still think that I can be objective about it, but take this information as one may.

Some people may not enjoy this one because of the fact that the HEA doesn’t necessarily happen with the character the reader expects it to. A vampire’s life is hard. This story intrigued me from the very beginning and left me a little empty, but for me that’s a good thing. It’s what the story needed. Good read. 

Falling Deep

  • Rough Love

    — Blake thinks new boyfriend Michael doesn’t like French kissing. Michael thinks Blake doesn’t like rough sex. Neither are virgins, except in the art of conversation. Can they set things straight before the honeymoon’s over?

My Review

5 stars

Communication is the key, and leave it to Dale to make a potentially awkward conversation about sex a very sexy affair indeed. This type of real-life situation, that is sometimes hard to deal with, isn’t what every ready wants or what every writer is capable of doing is a humanistic, humorous and humble way. Dale can and does. This is an exceptional story, especially considering the erotic nature of the story and the expectations of the genre. He deals with more than one real-life topic 

Here’s an excerpt:

Caffeine made me talk a mile a minute, so I ordered decaf. My nerves made me speak a mile a minute, anyway. Michael seemed to think this was cute. I’d say one thing and he’d ask me to say more. I told him about growing up as the only out gay kid in my tiny southern Idaho town, where the hottest teen nightspots were the retention pond north of Larsen’s potato farm, evangelical revivals, and dances at the Mormon stake center—none of which were good places to find a boyfriend. I told him about the Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy gay fanfiction I used to write in high school as my only escape. I told him about happily losing my virginity to another guy’s hand at three in the morning on the bus ride from Idaho Falls to Boston when I came out for my first semester of college.

“You might as well have grown up in another universe,” he said. “I’ve never been west of the Mississippi. Plus, I lost my virginity in eleventh grade. And then I discovered my prostate.” He sucked his bottom lip in and rolled his eyes in orgasmic pleasure. “When did you discover yours?”

I blushed, which was ridiculous. It wasn’t like I hadn’t had this conversation before with other guys. But then, Michael wasn’t another guy. “I’m more of a top,” I said. “Touching my prostate makes me feel like I have to pee.”

“To each his own.” He said this lightly, as if this were an interesting bit of trivia and not a sign from God that we were a match made in heaven. I swallowed my disappointment and changed the subject back to our early biographies.

He was from in state, raised in Boston by a Jewish mom and a black dad who also became Jewish, but not until he had a spiritual experience at Michael’s bar mitzvah. I blushingly admitted I’d never even heard of a bar mitzvah until I started college.

He cocked his head like a bird. Another adorable gesture to add to the list. “Not a ton of Jews in Idaho, I take it?”

“No. It’s about fifty-five percent Mormon and fifty-five percent evangelical, at least where I lived.”

“That adds up to more than one-hundred percent.”

“That’s how it felt, like everyone in town was a card-carrying member of the man-wife missionary position society. Our ‘sex ed’ was a five-minute lecture in ninth grade where my biology teacher chewed a piece of gum and then asked the students who wanted to chew it next.”

“What does that have to do with sex?”

“She said our bodies are like pieces of gum, and when we have sex it’s like getting chewed. No one wants to chew someone else’s gum, and no one wants to marry someone who isn’t a virgin.”

His eyes bulged out of their sockets. “You’re kidding me.”

“Uh-uh. Ironic that our school had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. Maybe because the prevailing rumor was that if a girl was on top, she couldn’t get pregnant. Forget about being gay.”

“And my rabbi’s a lesbian who volunteers at Planned Parenthood. Different worlds.”

I wanted to be part of that world. It sounded a lot nicer than the one I was from.

 

There you have it. For this story only, the book is a must read.

 

  • Pacific Rimming

    — On Mike’s fortieth birthday, his husband, Ken, takes him on vacation to Vancouver Island in Western Canada to celebrate. While Mike mourns his loss of youth, Ken encourages him to recapture it by bedding a gorgeous twenty-something man they encounter while hiking in Pacific Rim National Park. A night of no-holds-barred passion among the three men reveals a sizzling chemistry, and when Mike and Ken return home they find themselves longing to reconnect with the young Jason. Can what started as a one-night stand transform into a threesome that lasts?

My Review

4.75 Stars

I realize I said the last story was the best one. This is a close second. It deals with what some readers don’t like—polyamorous relationships. Some insist this is cheating. I disagree, although I’m not currently in one. My husband, early on, put the brakes on any outside consensual diddling, much less allowing for a third in our relationship. I’m okay with that.

I’m also okay with others who want some spice in their relationship, and commend those who are brave enough and whose hearts are open enough to allow a third person in their couple, making it a throuple of sorts.  

This story was well done, believable, sexy—another must read.

Where to Buy

Falling Hard is currently available through the secure downloading platform PayHip, Amazon, Apple, and other sellers worldwide. You can read a preview and find sales outlets at:

 

Giveaway

Would you like to get a taste of Dale’s writing before buying? You can download a free audio version of “Far From Home,” narrated by Nobilis Reed, here: dalecameronlowry.com/listen-for-free/

To celebrate the release of Falling Hard, Dale is running a giveaway. The prize is one of Dale’s short romances that is not in the anthology: Love Unmasked,  a lighthearted romance about Aaron Loreto, a gay man who’s been unlucky in love because he occasionally turns into a raccoon. For some reason, his ex-boyfriend didn’t like the way he’d spend all night digging through the trash. But somewhere out there is a guy who’s more understanding, and Aaron might just have found him at his favorite coffee shop.
You can enter every day to increase your chances. Enjoy!
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Author Bio & Links

Dale Cameron Lowry lives in the Upper Midwest with a partner and three cats, one of whom enjoys eating dish towels, quilts, and wool socks. It’s up to you to guess whether the fabric eater is one of the cats or the partner. When not busy mending items destroyed by the aforementioned fabric eater, Dale is a writer and editor who enjoys wasting time on Tumblr, listening to podcasts, studying anatomy, getting annoyed at Duolingo, and reading fairy tales. Previous careers include sign language linguist, grocery store clerk, journalist, gardener, and camp counselor.

Dale began writing for fun at the age of eight and has been making up stories ever since, from overly workshopped literary fiction to off-the-cuff fanfic. Queer Mormons have a way of popping up in Dale’s work, whether it’s romance or erotica, sci fi or fairy tales, slice-of-life contemporary fiction or spine-tingling horror. So do immigrants and emigrants, people with disabilities, multilingual folks, and others who live their lives navigating multiple cultures.