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It Gets Better…Again!

It Gets Better…Again!

In lieu of a review this week…a fun post and commentary by guest reviewer Leslie Perhaps you were watching Glee the other night and saw an ad that featured videos from the It Gets Better Project. Perhaps you even thought it was an ad for It Gets Better. Actually, it was an ad for the Google Chrome browser. Don’t feel bad if you were confused—it seems that many people are…
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The Cranberry Hush

The Cranberry Hush

Title: The Cranberry Hush Author: Ben Monopoli Publisher: Self-published Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition) Genre:  Contemporary M/M Length: Novel Rating: 5 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: A beautifully written story with a unique, but realistic twist on coming-of-age and gay-for-you.
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Dress Up

Dress Up

Title: Dress Up Author: Joel Skelton Cover Artist: Catt Ford Publisher: Dreamspinner Buy link: Amazon.com Length: Novel (266 pages) Genre: contemporary M/M romance Rating: 1 star out of 5 A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: A lying main character completely ruined this mediocre story for me.
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Island of Icarus

Island of Icarus

Title: Island of Icarus Author: Christine Danse Publisher: Carina Press Buy link: Amazon.com Genre: Historical, steampunk Length:  Novella (28,000 words) Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: Pleasant while reading but ultimately forgettable, with a hint of steampunk.
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In Dreams He Came

In Dreams He Came

Title: In Dreams He Came Author: Trina Lane Cover Artist: Dan Skinner/Cerberus Inc. Publisher: Dreamspinner Buy link: Amazon.com Genre: Contemporary M/M romance Length: Novel (210 pages) Rating: 2 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: Pointless plot, inane dialog, and way too much sugar made this almost a DNF for me.
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It Gets Better

It Gets Better

Title: It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living Editors: Dan Savage and Terry Miller Publisher: Dutton Buy link: Amazon.com Genre: non-fiction Length: 352 pages (also ebook) Rating: 5 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: A collection of essays derived from the It Gets Better Video Project, founded by Dan Savage and Terry Miller in September 2010.
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Wild Horses

Wild Horses

Title: Wild Horses Author:  D. River Publisher:  Lightbane Buy link: Amazon.com Genre: Contemporary M/M romance Length: Novel (ebook only) Rating: 3 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: A good start but a wrong turn in the middle sunk this one for me. Synopsis: Travis Dixon is a young, up-and-comer in Hollywood. He has his own show and a gorgeous girlfriend, so he thinks his…
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Duet

Duet

Title: Duet Author: Eden Winters Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition) Genre: Historical/contemporary m/m romance Length: Novel (259 pages) Rating: 4 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie IN A NUTSHELL: A story of the love between Aillil and Malcolm that transcends time and place. >>>note: The Blurb for this story contains spoilers<<<
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Down by the River

Title: Down by the River Author: Rob Knight and B.A. Tortuga Publisher: Torquere Genre: Contemporary M/M; mystery; interracial romance Length: Novel (123 pages) Rating: 4 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie IN A NUTSHELL: An unfortunate situation brings old friends Phil and Grant back together after twenty years, but that doesn’t stop them from finally acting on their feelings for each other that have long been hidden.
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Just the Right Notes

Just the Right Notes

Title: Just the Right Notes Author: Sean Michael Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition) Length: Novel (194 pgs; print and ebook) Genre: Contempory m/m Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5 A guest review by Leslie IN A NUTSHELL: Graham and Elliott are madly in love, are extremely talented, and have to have lots and lots of kinky sex to keep their creative juices flowing.
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Lover’s Knot

Title: Lover’s Knot Author: Donald L. Hardy Publisher: Running Press Buy link: Amazon.com (Paperback only) Genre: Historical romance Length: Novel (368 pages); also ebook Rating: 5+ stars out of 5; DIK A guest review by Leslie IN A NUTSHELL: A picture perfect piece of historical fiction. For HF fans, this is a must-read. For non-HF fans, give this one a go. You may surprise yourself with how much you enjoy…
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A Smattering of Summer Stories

A Smattering of Summer Stories

In the early winter, when the holidays roll around, the world is awash in Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s themed stories. Six months later it is summer, with July 4th (a holiday I am partial to)—but I realized that no one seems to celebrate summer in writing the same way we do in December. So I decided to pull together a “smattering” of summer stories—stories that feature and celebrate…
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My Only Home

My Only Home

Title: My Only Home Author: Pepper Espinoza Publisher: Rainbow Trail Press Buy link: Amazon.com Genre: Contemporary m/m Length: Short novel (35K words) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars A guest review by Leslie In a nutshell: Luke and Noah reunite after five years apart, have misunderstandings, and finally figure it out in this somewhat predictable romance.
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