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Rainbow Snippets ~ May 21st

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This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from

Boys on Film

The morning after…

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When I wake with Nate still in my arms, I know he is watching me before I even open my eyes. He must realize I’m awake and starts to draw patterns on my forearms with his fingertips. I try to picture what he’s drawing, wondering if he is writing a message or something. I move slightly and feel the cool stickiness of our release between us. We both respond with a grimace and then laugh together. After wiping us clean with some tissues, I lean over and kiss Nate on the lips. “Were you writing a message on my skin,” I ask, “or just trying to wake me up?”

~O~

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New Release – Boundless Love By Lily Adile Lamb

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Title: Boundless Love
Author: Lily Adile Lamb
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 24th May 2016
Length: 169 pages
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Events in his past left Terry crushed, disowned, homeless and living on the streets. He has reached the point where he is ready to rebuild his life.

Chris has enjoyed a life filled with love and acceptance. With his extended family close by and working on his small IT business, he is confident with himself and in his surroundings. Both men’s world collides at a chance meeting while attempting to assist a young mother and child. With that first awkward encounter, both Terry and Chris know their lives would never be the same again.
This carefully crafted and highly emotive story follows Terry and Chris as they take their first tentative step toward building a new life together.
Terry’s demons are never far away and when things in his life begin to unravel once more, he is thrust back into his worst nightmare. Can he allow himself to become vulnerable in the face of Chris’ love and learn to trust him, and their relationship, allowing them both to move on to the life they both desire and deserve?

 

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 Chapter One

Terry

TERRY STOOD IN the queue of the Helping Hands Drop-in Center, waiting for his breakfast. His mind was on the resume he’d prepared the night before for the employment agency he’d joined two weeks ago. He was grateful the doctor for the homeless community and the Helping Hands Center had referred him to the charity organization, which helped homeless people get off the streets. The organization had helped him find a place to live, and once he’d settled into his room, they had referred him to an employment agency.

Terry had been amazed at how everything had fallen into place; however, he also felt nervous that once he’d re-established himself in the community, he’d somehow fail and find himself back on the streets again. That thought gave him the shivers as he stood waiting for his breakfast. He was so lost in his thoughts that he nearly jumped out of his skin in fright when he heard John’s loud voice calling out to him, “Morning, Terry. You still have that room, mate?”

Totally forgetting his worries and his past, Terry spun around and saw John grinning at him, his small frame almost lost in the queue. John’s curly gray hair surrounded his slim, wrinkly face, enhancing the wise appearance of the elderly Aboriginal man. He loved listening to John’s tales from his younger days, about his culture and tradition, whenever he was lucky enough to catch him talking about his life. The rumor was that John had turned up in Perth after a long walkabout in the Noongar region, which was the entire Southwestern portion of Western Australia. One day, he had come to Perth and decided that it was a good place to stay for a while. What he liked the most about John was the way he made those around him feel like they mattered. The old man always listened first, then responded. Terry thought it was hard not to smile back at the old man, no matter how stressed you felt.

“Morning, John! Yes, I still have it, and I got a case manager at an employment center to help me find a job now too!” Terry spoke a little louder so John could hear him.

When John heard him, he saluted Terry with the ubiquitous ‘thumbs-up’ and shouted loudly enough to show his hearing really was failing, “Good on ya, mate!”

Ever since Terry had lost his partner, Paul, about two years ago, he’d fallen into the dark depths of depression, the same depression for which he was now under medical supervision. At first he hadn’t been able to shake the disbelief that Paul had been taken away from him by a damned drunk driver, then he began to feel an intense loss and grief. In those early days, he had dreaded coming home because Paul wasn’t there to coax him to try one of his healthy concoctions. Terry had never thought he would miss marinated tofu on the barbecue, or tasteless eggplant that resembled an old man’s shriveled dick. Paul had loved growing those tiny, malnourished looking eggplants. The bastards never grew well in the pot, but his man was adamant, so they kept trying. Paul just wouldn’t give up on his dream of having a veggie patch in flower pots.

At nighttime, Terry had slept on his side of the bed, holding the singlet Paul had worn the night before the accident, smelling it tenderly; but after a while, the scent disappeared…then his grief had turned to anger. After that, Terry was lost in his resentment, especially when the drunk driver got a pathetic sentence that seemed to make a mockery of Paul’s life. Terry hadn’t been able to function as he used to, so after a while he lost his job, and shortly after that, his home too.

 

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Lily Adile is from Turkey. She works as a nurse by day and writes GLBT Romance by night.
She visits her family in Turkey regularly and travel to other countries like Singapore to visit the other family members.
She is blessed with three grown up children and a furry child, JJ Basil.
Lily Adile’s focus in her GLBT stories are on mere mortals because she believes that love is universal. Her mortal heroes are not rich, famous or incredibly handsome males with six pack bodies… rather they are just everyday men who work hard and deal with whatever that life throws at them.
Lily Adile is against bullying in any form. She is actively involved with Marriage Equality and stands by the same sex couples who want to have children. She believes that primarily, a child needs a loving, protective home.
Lily’s biggest regret is not studying English formally because writing stories, consequentially, takes much longer. She still gets there of course, thanks to her bevy of loyal and supportive beta readers, editors and wonderful friends.
Lily especially thanks her husband with all her heart for his endless patience, love and support. He is the love of her life and apple of her eye….he is the home she goes to at the end of a hard day at work.
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New Audiobook

 Finding Love: The Perfect Size for You

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 Lily G Blunt

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Now available as an audiobook. Narrated by the fabulous Sean Crisden.
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A male escort takes on an inexperienced client and breaks the first rule of rent boys: don’t get attached.

After updating his Rent Boy blog profile, well-endowed porn star Ty receives a text from a sexually inexperienced client. Andy, the client, asks Ty to provide him with the necessary know-how so should he ever get a date with the guy he’s attracted to, he’ll be fully prepared.

Little does Ty know that this hookup will lead to a friendship that will subsequently change his life.

 

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Rainbow Snippets ~ May 14th

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This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from

Boys on Film

After their date…

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Nate pauses as we approach his bedroom door. “Thanks again for a wonderful evening,” he says, pulling me into his arms. I assume he intends to give me a goodnight kiss here and not invite me in to his room.

“It doesn’t have to end now.” I want nothing more than to strip him and kiss him all over. I certainly don’t want to say goodnight just yet. In fact, I want to find out how dirty he talks when he’s aroused.

~O~

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Review ~ Parker’s Profile by L.D. Blakeley

Parker’s Profile by L.D. Blakeley

Erotic Romance, MM, Romantic Comedy
Published: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-77233-795-2

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Parker Knowles needs a date. No, really. If he can’t find one by Valentine’s Day, he’s agreed to let his sister fix him up. And quite frankly, he’d rather chew off his own arm than go out with someone of his sister’s choosing.

Internet phenom, Lane Steadman, has offered to show Parker the art of the perfect selfie. After all, an outstanding dating profile is useless without a topnotch photo, right?

Can love really be found on the Internet? Or is a real-world connection closer to Parker than he thinks?

 

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“What we need to do is get you wet.”

“Pardon?” Parker squawked.

“Yeah. Aside from that video Seth posted, my most popular pics are the ones at the beach or in a pool,” Lane explained.

There’s a shocker, Parker thought.

“I smelled chlorine in the lobby. I’m assuming there’s a pool in your building?” the other man continued.

“Yeah, there is, but…”

“Perfect.” Lane hopped up and slid his phone into his back pocket, giving Parker both the means and opportunity to ogle. And ogle, he did.

Until he realized Lane meant to take pictures of him in a bathing suit, and all ogling ground to a screeching halt. Oh, hell no

“I’m not sure if it’s such a good idea,” was what he actually said.

“What’s not a good idea?” With perfect timing, Seth strolled into the living room and handed them both a beer.

“Me posing in a pool.” Parker searched for a reason that wasn’t I don’t want to pop a boner near Lane that I can’t hide in a bathing suit.

“Maybe being in the pool will relax you,” Lane added. “Because I don’t think the beer is doing the trick.”

Parker knew the gorgeous man was trying to be helpful. Reluctantly, he nodded. “Fine. Can I grab my trunks first?”

“Unless you’d prefer to be naked.” Lane winked and Parker felt his kneecaps liquefy.

He knew Lane hadn’t intended to come across as flirtatious. Unfortunately, his brain was having a tough time comprehending that. Pull yourself together, you drooling idiot. This guy is doing you a favor. The least you can do is behave like a sane, rational adult.

Too bad his id was projecting horny, teenage boy.

Pushing aside his inappropriate and misplaced lust, Parker headed into his bedroom and quickly changed his clothes, swapping out boxer briefs for swim trunks. He could do this.

As he headed back into the living room, he grabbed the security swipe card off the key rack by the door. “Okay, let’s get it over with.”

Lane and Seth followed behind Parker and kept up a constant chatter as the three of them rode the elevator to the lobby. Parker waved a quick hello to a neighbor as they exited and made their way toward the pool. When he heard voices coming from the direction of their final destination, however, he started to have second (and possibly third and fourth) thoughts.

“There’s people in there.” He faltered outside the glass doors that led to the pool. “Maybe this isn’t such a good—”

“Nope.” Seth grabbed the swipe card from Parker. “You’re not bailing on this.”

“M’not bailing. Just … can we do it when there’s nobody around?” He was prepared to start begging when the two older gentlemen who had been swimming laps, climbed out of the pool and started gathering up their belongings.

Seth had already unlocked the door and was holding it open for Parker and Lane to join him on the deck of the now-empty pool. “C’mon, stud. Let’s take some pictures.”

“Oh God.” Parker cringed at Seth’s choice of words. As they made their way around the perimeter of the pool, he looked to Lane, who had his phone out and looked keen to get started.

“Should I just…”

“Strip, baby.” Lane’s eyes crinkled in mirth as his mouth curved into a wicked grin.

“I hate you both,” Parker muttered as he fumbled with the buttons on his shirt.

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five-stars

What a super story! Short but most definitely sweet and laced with humour and plenty of ‘aww’ moments. I loved the writing style and the storyline that kept me turning the pages. Great characters too—Parker the charming geek looking for a date, Seth his helpful best friend, Lane the super-hot sexy stud, Martin the pervy, creepy colleague, and the well-meaning older sister.

I loved the sizzling tension as Lane takes photos of Parker for his online profile and the sort of date on the ski slopes. From the start they hit it off and when they make out it’s hot! A little bit of angst towards the end, but it just helps to show how much Parker has fallen for Lane. Excellent expression of Lane’s bisexuality here too.

Highly recommended feel-good romance that leaves a big smile on your face.

 

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L.D. Blakeley is a pragmatist with a romantic soul & a dirty mind. She loves horror movies, hot sex, and happily ever afters. She’s easily distracted by shiny things, and is a slightly neurotic, highly ambitious dreamer who enjoys dabbling in photography & pretending she can carry a tune.

In another life, L.D. was a newspaper reporter, an entertainment & music writer, travel writer, website content editor, and a marketing shill. Now she prefers to spend her time writing hot, steamy fiction (with a healthy dose of romance) about intriguing, sexy men.  Although she dreams of living some place isolated with an endless supply of wine and an infinite number of titles on her eReader, she currently lives in downtown Toronto with her husband and their rock star cat.

 

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Release Day Review ~ Illuminate the Shadows

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Title: Illuminate the Shadows (Shatterproof Bond Book 1)
Author: Isobel Starling
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Page Count: 157 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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The thrilling, funny sequel to ‘As You Wish’.

A Scotsman and an Englishman fall in love… After the most amazing week of his life, at Dunloch Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, in Scotland. The charming, mysterious Samuel Aiken has turned Declan Ramsay’s life upside down. Declan has experienced a remarkable change. He has come to terms with the fact he is bisexual, and he has fallen head-over-heels in love with his boss’s son Sam.

However, falling for his boss’s son was never going to be an easy path to happiness, mainly because the boss in question is multi-millionaire property tycoon and former MI5 operative, Sir James Aiken.

Sir James is repulsed by his son’s homosexuality, and so discovering that his employee Declan Ramsay- the man he installed to run his luxury property rental empire- is in a relationship with Sam, does not go down well.

The lovers cannot hide from the looming presence of Sir James Aiken for long! Soon enough James makes his move, and Declan finds out what he will have to endure to stay with Sam, and what he will have to give to feel worthy of Sam’s love.

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This story follows on immediately from As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #0.5). If you haven’t read it, I suggest you start there to get an idea of the characters and the situation they find themselves in.

At the start of this story, we discover Sam has been on a ‘mission’ for his father and on ‘radio silence’ for three months, but re-connects with Declan, his lover of only six days before he left.

If you take this story in the same way you would a James Bond movie, then the plot becomes more acceptable.  The romance plot is interwoven with intrigue and the machinations of Sam’s father, although neither Sam, Declan or the reader are made fully aware of these schemes. James appears to have accepted Declan as Sam’s partner, but can they trust him?

There’s a rather underhand initiation exercise/interview for Declan and a ‘spy’ training session, but no mission as such. Declan discovers he’s being watched, but he’s not sure by whom, and it’s not fully explained why either when we find out. There are hints at covert ops and surveillance, but like Sam and Declan the reader is also kept in the dark.  There are suggestions of mystery and intrigue, but it never really gets going in this story and what happens isn’t clearly explained or resolved. These happenings almost seem like a filler between the sex scenes, which sometimes fade to black or are recounted the day after.

At the moment, Sam remains an enigma to me. Yes, he’s a nice guy and in love with Declan. He’s multi-talented and experienced with spy training, covert missions and gay sex, but I feel I don’t know much else about him. His father has taken a great deal of the joy away from his life and Declan is the one to replace it. And that’s what I like about their relationship.

I like Declan’s character. He has a lot to deal with in these two stories. He’s bowled over by his attraction to Sam and the possibility of coming out as bi is new to him.  But he’s having fun experimenting with man sex and light bondage, and feeling things he’s never felt with or for a woman before. Plus Declan believes he has to prove himself to Sam and James and show that he is capable of taking on this new role in the company, and that motivates him in this story.

I enjoyed reading the scenes these guys have together. They are both head over heels for each other, even though they only spent six days together in the castle and then had three months apart with no communication. They just want to be on their own to make up for lost time, but life and Sam’s father gets in their way. When they are alone, it’s sweet, and when we get the details, it’s hot.

Overall the story was fun and enjoyable to read. Isobel has an engaging writing style, but as in book 1, there’s plenty of head-hopping which pulled me out of some scenes. I often had to re-read a paragraph to work out whose POV the scene/paragraph was being told from to avoid confusion.

In the ARC there were editing issues that needed fixing. I hope they’ve been resolved by release day.

As in the prequel, the ending is unexpected, but in this case it came very abruptly. All the unanswered questions will hopefully be addressed in the next installment, Return to Zero, which comes out in early June.

Isobel is an artist and has produced some wonderful paintings as story teasers.

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Rainbow Snippets ~ May 7th

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This week’s Rainbow Snippet is taken from

Boys on Film

Nate and Stefan go out on a date.

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The waiter approaches our table with a large sundae dish filled with six scoops of ice cream and a variety of different toppings. There’s even a sparkler sticking out the top drawing the attention of at least half of the restaurant. “I thought this place was up-market?” Nate whispers, adding a downright, yet adorable, grin.

The waiter places the extravagant dessert in the middle of the table and supplies us with two long-handled spoons. We smile at each other, watching the sparks fizzle out.  Enthusiastically, we both dive in to taste a few mouthfuls, making erotic, almost obscene noises as we swallow. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Nate declares happily. “Can I feed you a spoonful?”

~O~

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