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Power Play – A. J. Marcus

Naga Industries wasn’t Calvin’s first choice of a place to intern. It wasn’t even his tenth. But when every other internship spot is taken, he finds himself at the mercy of Draeke Lindwurm and he’s way over his head.

Draeke doesn’t want an intern, but his go-to man is threatening to revolt if he doesn’t get them both some help. Calvin is everything Draeke doesn’t like in men. He’s too young, too average, never on time, doesn’t dress well, and worst of all Calvin is human which makes things complicated between them when he becomes a pawn in a power play with the world’s dragon elite.

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I’ve followed the career of this author for several years and thoroughly enjoy reading and reviewing his books. There are several elements one comes to expect from a Marcus book: drama, excitement, mystery, a growing emotional tenderness between the main characters, and erotic sex. And all of these elements are present in Power Play. However, I was a little disappointed regarding the erotic sex. It felt as if the author realized he was at the last chapter and needed to add some sex to fulfill the publisher’s requirement. I would have been okay with the scene being omitted.

I could feel Calvin’s confusion as to just what he’d gotten into when he became an intern for Naga Industries. I felt the growing emotions between him and Draeke Lindwurm. I felt the heart-racing excitement when Calvin is kidnapped and Draeke is looking for him – will they find him before something happens to him. I’ll admit I figured out who the villain was before he was named, but that didn’t lessen the drama of the chase to find him.

Did I enjoy the book? Of course. Would I recommend this book? Definitely. Will I read another Marcus book? Most certainly.

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The Cowboy’s Clown – A. J. Marcus

Scott wasn’t looking for more than a quick evening’s enjoyment when he picked up Luke while driving home for the rodeo and livestock auction. Luke makes a big impression on Scott and when a people around them start turning up dead, he hangs by Scott and does what he can to help out. But as the bodies continue to pile up, Scott begins to wonder who he can really trust. Will the emotions he feels for Luke survive as they struggle to find the answers to who’s trying to kill him, and why?

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I do a lot of reading of what are called romantic books, some erotic and some not so erotic. To my way of thinking, there are two types of erotic books whether they are gay or straight. In one type, if you take away the sex, there’s no story left. In the other type, take away the sex and you have an interesting and exciting plot. Thus it is with Cowboy’s Clown.

When Scott gives Luke a ride, it could be just another erotic sex book. But the mystery surrounding the death of Scott’s foreman, Rich, creates a whole different type of book. When a number of bodies are found in Scott’s manure heap, he wonders just what his foreman has been up to. After several attempts on Scott and Luke’s lives, they find Rich was a member of a group of people intent on keeping Mexicans out of the country. The surprising twists and turns while seeking the killers will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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The Fool – A. J. Marcus

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When the past comes back to haunt them, can these two men rekindle the flame they thought they’d lost and the magic that comes with that love?

When Arron Carmichael and Ramsey Roland broke up it devastated both of them, but Ramsey couldn’t handle Arron’s family secret. When the family business brings them together, they discover Ramsey has a secret larger than any Arron thought possible.

Arron is part of the Gardener family, a group of witches who have protected the world from daemons for thousands of years. Ramsey couldn’t deal with the magic that was an intricate part of Arron’s life, so he told Arron they were finished, and he needed to leave. His decision left two hearts broken.

When Ramsey is mugged while going to a bar to hang out with friends, it opens him up to the world Arron had hinted at, but it also brings Arron back into his life. Arron does his best to save Ramsey from the dark forces that are hunting them both. When they learn the reason Ramsey is being hunted, it shocks them both to their cores but brings them closer together. Only together can they hope to defeat the forces working against them.

 

As a reviewer, sometimes you’re asked to review something in a genre other than what you normally would read. Such it is with A.J. Marcus’ “The Fool”. I personally don’t care for what I call ‘blood and gore’, and this book has some.

I am giving it 5 stars because:

The story line is good. The writing is good. And I can recommend this for people who are into this type of story. A story of a fight between daemons and witches.

The relationship between Ramsey and Aaron is sweet and at the same time erotic as to be expected from Marcus.

 

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Familiar Spirit – A. M. Burns

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Familiar Spirit – A. M. Burns

Halloween is fast approaching in Steamboat springs Colorado. Lugh McNeal is adjusting to a life away from the beaches of Florida. It’s not an easy time, but his new family and boyfriend make things easier. When a spirit mistakes him for his father, Lugh scrambles to understand how the spirit found him, and what she means to him and his new life.
With his boyfriend Wyn, his familiar Bran, and his cousin Abby at his side, Lugh does his best at surviving the dark magic that is welling up against them. The balance of power between the light and the dark is tipping toward the dark, can Lugh and his friends prove strong enough to overcome the darkness before it swallows them whole?

 

In the first book of this series, “Familiar Path”, we met young Lugh McNeal. When Lugh turned fifteen, he learned he was a Magus, or magic user. Now it is a few months later. Lugh’s powers have grown, along with his relationship with new-found relatives and a new boyfriend.

While Lugh and Wyn are on a camping trip, they meet the spirit of a teenaged girl who knew Lugh’s father.

With the help of other Magi, they work to set Espe’s spirit to rest.

Once again, Burns has woven an intriguing mystery about witchcraft and youth.

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The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required

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The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required by Robert Hill

Followers of my blob will be surprised at this review. It isn’t my normal genre, but as I know the author, I promised to read and review.

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The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required follows the intersecting lives of LGBT Christians as they strive to express their faith and cope with the after-effects of their pastor’s heart attack. Among the congregants are a single grandmother, evicted from her home and marginalized by her family, wondering what comes next; a lesbian couple struggling to be good foster parents to a young man who’s discovering his way; an African-American female impersonator returning to COW after a long absence and finding the love of his life; a dual-gendered man, whose son runs away after finding him dressed in women’s clothes, giving these clothes to Goodwill and vowing to play it straight; a nameless chain-smoker lurking in the church’s shadows and imagining the worst; and diverse others – whose stories touch upon the challenges faced by LGBT Christians as they strive to embrace and share God’s love and reconcile themselves to a world that often doesn’t support them – collectively considering how to respond to their long-serving pastor’s imminent retirement.

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This book is roughly based on a real church. A church where everyone is welcome regardless of age, gender, race, orientation, or financial circumstance. In other words, whosoever. Whosoever walks through the door is welcome.

For a first novel, the writing is not bad.

The author has stated he feels this is a new genre, LGBT/Christian fiction, which it is not. Many people think that LGBT and Christian are not compatible. I do feel, however, that this genre has a limited audience.

Although the publisher has listed this as a romance, I feel it is more of a drama. There are romantic undertones, but they are not the main focus. The main focus is on a deep faith and fellowship with God and Jesus.

If you are looking for a ‘feel-good’ read that emphasizes a true Christian spirit, you’ll like this book.

 

I’m giving it 4 stars because there are a few problems in editing.

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Robert Hill was raised in an Army family, then served 20 years as a U.S. Army officer. After retiring from active duty, he spent a decade working in broadcasting and education and, as fate would have it, returned to the Army as a civilian, writing doctrine and developing curriculum. He’s been a life-long churchgoer, going where the spirit has led. Over the years, he and his family have been members of Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Metropolitan Community Church congregations. After spending a year in Afghanistan from 2009-2010, he decided at age 54 to get a tattoo. He chose these words from 1 John 4:18 — There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear. This is his first novel.

Familiar Path by A. M. Burns

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Familiar Path by A. M. Burns reviewed by A. T. Weaver

A gay Harry Potter? Why not?

At the beginning, Familiar Path seems all too familiar. A young person reaches a certain age and strange things happen. Sounds like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. However, that is only the beginning. From there, it branches out to an enjoyable read for young people.

 

Lugh McNeal doesn’t know he was named for a Celtic God or that his birthday falls on the Pagan holiday of Lughnasadh.

He and his mother just moved from sunny Florida to Steamboat Springs, CO. after the death of his father.

On his fifteenth birthday, he wakes to an overwhelming urge to go to the river. There with the aid of a local teenager, Wyn, he rescues a gray kitten that was thrown into the raging current.

It turns out the kitten is the offspring of a cat belonging to the owner of a local magic shop who turns out to be his father’s sister of whom Lugh had no knowledge. She informs him his father was a Magus. She also tells him the kitten is apparently his familiar and that two of his littermates have been killed.

Lugh is surprised to find he has family he never knew including a cousin, Abby, who is his age. His Aunt Catherine and Abby begin teaching him how to harness his newfound powers and abilities.

As Lugh bonds with Bran, the kitten, they uncover a group of Shadow Magi who are out to destroy the Magi of Light.

It was just a year ago Lugh told his parents he thought he liked boys more than girls. He feels an attraction to Wyn but isn’t sure of the other boy’s feelings.

 

This is an exciting, delightful book and I look forward to reading more about the adventures of Lugh, Wyn, Abby and Bran.

Your Alpha My Mate by Rachel Ravenheart

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Jamie is a shifter.
But he can’t shift. That’s what he wants his pack to think.
Truth is, Jamie is a white wolf. The biggest, best, strongest kind of wolf. He refuses to shift because his pack, and his parents, treat him as a misfit. An outcast. And when he takes matters into his own hands by fleeing to join the Lonestar Pack, his fate is already determined.
There will be sacrifice.
There will be war.
There will be death.
Above all, there will be love.
And love always wins.

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My rating 5 stars

For the most part, I found this book to be fast paced and attention holding. One thing I did appreciate is that the author did not go the mpreg route. One thing that bothered me is the fact it’s rated Y/A. I feel the sex is a bit explicit for anyone under the age of at least 16.

If you like wolf shifters, m/m sex, and action, you’ll like this book. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

I’d like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.