Dustin Reviews: If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen


If It Aint Love by Tamara Allen

In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

A Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Nominee

If It Ain’t Love isn’t a typical M/M Romance (cookie-cutter style) novel with in-your-face sex and shallow characters. Instead, Tamara Allen brings “real” characters to life in a well written feel-good story filled with human compassion. Although the story takes place during the Great Depression, it is written in a manner that the reader could easily mistake it for a contemporary tale. Timeless.

If It Ain’t Love is available at::Smashwords & Amazon

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86037

http://www.amazon.com/If-It-Aint-Love-ebook/dp/B005KV1EHW

Print Length: 44 pages
Publication Date: August 25th 2011 by Tamara Allen
Language: English
ASIN: B005KV1EHW

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: A Revolutionary Romance by Melody Clark


A Revolutionary Romance by Melody ClarkUS founding father descendants, T.J. Delaney and John Adams Paulson, have been friends and occasional lovers since Harvard. Jack’s uncomfortable with this, but he’s even less okay with T.J.’s belief their love is fated. T.J. is virtually certain they’re the literal reincarnations of their legendary ancestors. Jack is virtually certain T.J. is nuts, but he will soon change his mind.

Excerpt:
“You and your goddamned empty principles,” T.J. barked back. “What’s more important to you, a principle or a reality? The reality of gay people finally being allowed to have the most basic civil rights? Forget the fucking list! This is a much faster road. And the breakfast program will come to naught, we know that. Of that, I am sorry, but I think equal rights beats out even the best-intentioned hunger program.”

“I don’t see that one is any more important than the other. T.J., goddamn it, this is how the bastards do it. This is how they divide and conquer. You get sane people from both parties working together and they toss out the red meat to one side or the other. Abortion for women, gun control for men, that‘s the way they work the middle. These guys are not going to give in without one hell of a lot more concessions from our side. There’s more to this. What is it?”

“I think they just want to make it impossible for you to progress with your agenda,” T.J. said softly, staring down into the empty place made with his coupled fingers. “They’re terrified of your pedigree. They’re afraid this new effort of yours will unleash a new tide of social spending.”

“Keep going, there’s more. What is it? Why go to you? Why not just threaten me directly?”

T.J. shook his head with a hollow and melancholy sigh. “The only way they can think to counter your ancestry is with … my own.”

“Wonderful. And for my last round of Final Jeopardy, Alex, the answer is ‘What is History repeating itself?”

This reviewer found A Revolutionary Romance to be a  fast paced and entertaining read, more along the lines of Gay Lit, rather than M/M Romance. The differences in the main character’s personalities play well against each other, making for an enjoyable read. I would liked to have seen the story expanded some more, but that’s a mark of a good story, when the reader is left with wanting more.

About the author

Melody Clark is the author of numerous novels, including the recently released A Revolutionary Romance and Jumlin’s Spawn. She is also co-author of the non-fiction titles, The Dark Shadows Companion from Pomegranate Press, Ltd and Guide to the Green Hornet from Toltec Press. She lives in the high desert of southern California with her husband, two dogs and numerous dust-gathering books.

A Revolutionary Romance is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005R5EZD6

Tags: gay contemporary romance, gay novel, male male romance, 21st century american fiction, gay fiction, gay male romance, gay romance,gay ebook, gay kindle, homosexual romance

Print Length: 162 pages
Publication Date: September 29, 2011 by MC Books
Language: English
ASIN: B005R5EZD6

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Deadly Offerings by Alexa Grace


Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest building a wind farm. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her!

As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it.

Michael Brandt, the ruggedly handsome new County Prosecutor, is the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?

A gripping read from the beginning. Good character development and they play well off each other, making this not only a great read, but also one that is believable as well.

About the author

Alexa‘s journey started in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she’d held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her dream of writing books — her dream since childhood. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Alexa earned two degrees from Indiana State University and currently lives in Florida. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America (national) as well as the Florida Chapter.

Her first book Deadly Offerings has consistently been on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense Books. She was recently named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review.

Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.

For more information on her upcoming releases:

Check out her website at http://www.alexa-grace.net/
Visit her on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexaGrace
Follow her at
http://twitter.com/AlexaGrace2

Deadly Offerings is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Offerings-1-Alexa-Grace/dp/147003655X/

Tags: mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, legal romance, serial killer, romance, cops, midwest, Indiana, suspense, wind farm, crime thriller, fbi fiction

Print Length: 298 pages
Publication Date: February 23rd 2012 by Self-Published (first published December 25th 2011) Language: English
ISBN13: 9781470036553
ISBN-10:147003655X
Series:
Deadly Trilogy #1

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: The Math Teacher Is Dead by Robert Manners



Danny Vandervere has the world on a string: beautiful, athletic, intelligent, rich, popular; but the string starts to unravel when Danny trips over the corpse of his math teacher during his morning run. With a sprained ankle and the unlikely assistance of Ash, an unpopular goth kid from school, Danny begins to investigate the life and death of a man he only knew as Mr. Janacek. But when his ankle heals, he returns to his normal routine, only to have it interrupted again by the discovery of another corpse. As his senior year progresses, the deaths and accidents of people he knows mount up, and it seems there is a serial killer on a spree in this tiny mountain town…and all of the victims have Danny Vandervere in common. He and Ash must discover the killer before he (or she) closes in on Danny himself.

The Math Teacher Is Dead was an interesting mystery/crime read, however, I thought Danny was a tad bit too overly emotional for the richest kid in town. With that said, the story was engaging and an enjoyable short story. I would have liked to have seen this manuscript expanded into a novella.

About the author

Robert Manners was born on the Fort Ord Army Base, longer ago than he cares to admit, and grew up in Oakland, Twain Harte, and Concord, California. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and currently earns his daily bread as an administrative assistant for a social-services nonprofit.

Website:http://www.robertmanners.com/

The Math Teacher Is Dead is available as a free-download at :Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Math-Teacher-Dead-ebook/dp/B004EYT0TK

also available at Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=the+math+teacher+is+dead 

Tags: gay mystery, short story, romance, young-adult, thriller, crime, contemporary

56820 words (approximate)

Publication Date: December 2, 2010

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper


Two Navy Marines, Daniel and Jacob, met on-board a naval ship during WWII , both were very young – still in their teens – but they were old enough to serve their country. And against all odds, and the many risks involved, they fell in love and 

managed to stay together for the last 60 years. Now, as their time together inevitably gets shorter and shorter, Daniel can’t wait any longer for the right to finally marry the only man he has loved all these years.

Into Deep Waters is an amazingly beautiful and emotionally driven story that reads like a fast paced novel. Kaje Harper has packed a lifetime of history between Danial & Jacob into a very believable and emotional story. I can’t count the many times I wiped mist from my eyes. A fabulous mood-lifting read.

Into Deep Waters celebrates love, sex and romance between Daniel and Jacob. It is a product of the Love Is Always Write Event sponsored by the Goodreads M/M Romance group and is published as a free read.

5 out of 5 stars

Sexy Reading – Oh My


Earlier in the week I posted a poll on my Facebook Fan Page asking personal preference in regard to reading sexual scenes in literature. I admit the question was open ended and I provided only two options to select, either YES or NO. I was surprised that after only a couple of days, the poll had received 25 votes along with a good variety of comments.

The poll question: When reading, do YOU prefer to read a story that has sexual scenes?

Responses were 22 votes for YES and 3 for NO. Majority of those voting were authors, authors read just like anyone else.

What surprised me most were not so much the actual votes, but the comments made by those who visited the poll. Some comments were from individuals who did not feel comfortable answering either Yes or No, but added a comment instead.

A general theme ran through the comments, no matter how they voted: as long as the scene(s) related to the story and were realistic.

Some who voted YES commented that sexual scenes were not required. As readers, they were more focused on the story than the sexual scenes (if there were any).

Myself, I prefer reading releases from one particular publisher. Of the 15 or so books I’ve read from this publisher, the books contained no sexual scenes. Sex is implied but the element of the sexual act itself is assumed and not an actual part of the text. Again, this is my personal preference. I’ve read erotica and a number of books which contained from one to (in my mind) way too many sexual scenes and I often times felt that some stories were constructed around the sex scenes.

Each reader has his or her own preferences in the stories they read. Among a myriad of books available, readers can find plenty to suit their taste. There are no set rules as to what is to be included or excluded in a story, the poll was simply an exercise to obtain readers opinions. From the comments received, there were a variety of opinions expressed. I thank everyone who participated in the poll and for taking the time to share opinions and comments.