The Bible Boys by Dan Skinner

bibleboys First and foremost, the picture on the cover. That man is truly delicious. Just the cover would have hooked me. But it’s a Dan Skinner book, so I had to have it, cover be damned. Damned beautiful. Yup, I can be that shallow.

The book is not at all shallow. It’s a sweet, sometimes bitter, look at two gay Midwestern boys growing up in the strict religious beliefs of an Evangelist extremist congregation (or cult, if you prefer) in 1969. Women need permission to speak from their husbands, boys must wear crew cuts, no one can listen to music by long-haired singers and being gay is, of course, an abomination. So long as you pay your tithe, though, they’ll overlook certain things like the length of your son’s hair.

The Bible Boys is a beautiful story of first love, told in a simple yet heartfelt way.

One main character, Matt, grew up within the congregation but his love interest, Caleb, only joined at the age of sixteen when his mom decided to convert, so Caleb knows life outside of the church structure and has a different perspective on nature and life:

“Out here you don’t have to have someone tell you what’s natural and what isn’t. It just comes to you. You know? It’s okay to be different. To grow into whatever you’re supposed to grow into without someone trying to change you into something else. To force you to fit into their mold.”

Skinner, Dan (2014-07-16). The Bible Boys (Kindle Locations 977-980). Cerberus Inc. Kindle Edition.

It’s a bit short, I would’ve read more about these two (approx. 125 pages) but it’s well worth the read.

My favourite part: when the minister tells a group of boys about Sodom and Gomorrah. Read it for yourself, it’s delectable.

Warning of gorgeous and graphic lovemaking scenes.

Keep Swimming by Kade Boehme

keepswimming I like Kade Boehme, you already know that. I’ve only reviewed one more book of his on this site although I own quite a few more. Kade has an honest, sincere way of writing I like very much. Nothing is superfluous, there’s no long-winded imagery or blabla to fill pages, just pure, sincere feelings with a good story.

Here we have a single guy raising a four-year-old on his own and a bisexual serial dater who doesn’t want a commitment. Sparks fly, stuff happens, not everyone is out, complications occur, love conquers all and they live happily ever after.

A truly feel-good story, just like I like them.

And sex? Oh yeah, there’s a couple of nice sex scenes, not too graphic but enough to make a twelve-year-old blush. And perhaps a granny or two. Probably my mom. Hence: not for those who haven’t had the privilege of being responsible for all their actions yet and who could only get a juvenile criminal record for the time being.

Top Secret Twenty-One, A Stephanie Plum Novel, by Janet Evanovich

twenty-one I usually review inexpensive books. This is not one of those. I started the series about ten years ago, when I read books made of paper. I still feel a little strange not owning the last two books in paper form, as I have the whole series up until 19. Oh well… I’ll live.

No. 20 of the series had fans a little frustrated. Stephanie, our favourite bounty hunter, was still undecided between  Joe Morelli, the safe but sexy cop, and Ranger, the dangerous, sizzling-hot ex Special Ops security expert. The story wasn’t really great.

This one is much better. Ms. Evanovich got her mojo back and wrote a fun, exciting, humorous story in which Stephanie is still between boys but okay with it, finding skips and clearing up a couple of mysteries.

Lula and Grandma Mazur are still up for jokes and quirky developments, Ranger is still hot and still says “Babe” to mean a whole lot of things, and Joe is still his usual good cop with sex with Stephanie on his mind at all times. Even Bob the dog eats something new and gag-inducing.

All in all, a good continuation to a good series that’s still hanging on. It’s got solid 4-star ratings on and, well deserved.


Cross & Crown (Sidewinder 2) by Abigail Roux

cross&crown The second installment of the Sidewinder series by Abigail Roux, the first being Shock & Awe, reviewed here. After Shock & Awe which I so loved and read many times – it’s a short one – Cross & Crown is a perfect continuation of Nick and Kelly’s new romance. After fifteen years, training and war, adventures and mischief, they fall in love in Shock & Awe.

We now see how their lives have changed because of it, and how it needs to change more for them to see each other if they’re serious about it, as they live in different states.

In Cross & Crown, Kelly comes to visit Nick in Boston for two weeks and arrives just when a crime Nick is investigating gets complicated. Kelly helps him out and, with Nick’s partner Hagan we get to meet and a surprise visit from Julian Cross of Warrior’ Cross Ms. Roux wrote with Madeleine Urban, they solve the mystery and continue on with their love and their lives.

It’s a good mix of adventure and mystery and romance. Some very touching moments between the two guys, some funny lines from surly, sarcastic and smartass Julian Cross – who I love (I will write about Warrior’s Cross in a future post) – and a good mystery full of historical stuff in Boston.

“I love you,” Nick whispered. “Has nothing to do with the circumstances, or our history, or how close to death we’ve come together . I would love you in any incarnation of yourself.”

Roux, Abigail (2014-06-07). Cross & Crown (Sidewinder) (Kindle Locations 1496-1497). Riptide Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Now isn’t that just sooooo romantic? Who doesn’t want to be loved in any incarnation of ourselves? Wow. Ms. Roux, you certainly know your way around words.

It’s also got a few very sexy sex scenes. And they’re not sexy just because they describe sex but because of the chemistry between the two guys and how they talk to each other, how they turn each other on. It’s great.

Kelly turned the video camera to face him, and gave it a sly smile. “Not usually recommended, but this is going to be worth it.”

Roux, Abigail (2014-06-07). Cross & Crown (Sidewinder) (Kindle Locations 2363-2364). Riptide Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Bet you’re wondering in which circumstances Kelly would say this, huh?


So if you’re not eighteen, don’t tell your parents you’re reading it – and I should probably tell you not to … so don’t tell me either.

Great book. Can’t wait to read the third one, apparently called Part & Parcel.


Don’t Read in the Closet, collection published by MM Romance Group

I haven’t been posting about book reviews in a while because I’ve been reading the Don’t Read in the Closet collections from the MM Romance Group (Goodreads) of 2011.

The four volumes are published at for free (search Don’t Read in the Closet). 

Members of the MM Romance Group pick a photo from the gallery and write a Dear Author letter to go with it. In the letter, they give a story prompt to the author who will pick their photo and write the story, with their preferences and criteria (some want hot sex, some don’t, some give free license to the author, some specify they want cowboys or paranormal, etc.)

Lots of authors I’ve read and reviewed on this blog participated in these events and I didn’t even know! Maybe it launched their careers, maybe they already had a good career going and wrote for fun: Kyle Adams, Piper Vaughn, Damon Suede, to name a few. I also discovered new authors I really liked, such as Taylor V. Donovan and Jaime Samms. I’ll have to buy their books. So much to read, so little time….

Anyway, if you like MM Romance, these volumes have all kinds: first loves, virgins, hot sex, BDSM, dom/sub, athletes, cowboys, friends to lovers, paranormal, hurt/comfort, (whatever that is, I’m still not sure), military, ménage, cops, gay for you, you name it, they’ve got at least one.

Each story is presented with a description of the photo and the Dear Author letter, then the genre and tags, which tell me if I want to read it or not (I don’t enjoy reading BDSM and dom/sub stories), then the story itself. 

Check them out. Good stories for free. Nothing to lose, except your heart (awwwww…) 


stranger One of Josh Lanyon’s latest books. If you’re a fan like I am, you’ll love this one.

It’s a mystery-suspense about a boy who was kidnapped twenty years ago and a journalist gets permission from the family, the first ever, to write a book about it.

The characters are wonderful, the journalist is so smart and cute and modest and the family’s attorney is drop-dead sexy and mysterious and fun.

A really nice love story too, even among danger, murder, doubt and sadness. Because it is sad, a four-year-old boy was kidnapped and his family never stopped looking for him. His parents died without knowing what happened to him. The ending is great, even if a little predictable. You don’t care if you guess what happened, it’s still breathtaking.

A very good book.

And lovely, lovely sex scenes.

(Parental guidance is suggested.)

The Price of Dick by Dan Skinner

priceofdick You have to read this one. It’s not expensive. But it is fabulous, superbly well-written and can’t-put-it-down good.

Mr. Skinner wrote Memorizing You, one of the most beautifully written books I’ve had the pleasure to read (although it broke my heart to pieces), a coming-of-age romance between two boys set in the seventies. It was poetic, charming and heartbreaking.

The Price of Dick is nothing like it.

It’s the story of a photographer, JJ, who becomes friends with a man called Dick, a guy who works in a brokerage firm and who’s really good at getting what he wants. Dick has a secret. Guess which one.

It’s a sad, gut-wrenching story with a good ending. The way it’s told is what makes this book worth reading.

Dan Skinner’s voice in this one is not lyrical. It’s punch-in-your-gut honest and raw. You don’t hear birds singing with this one. You hear the gravel rolling as you’re dragged through it. You hear the Tetris pieces fall into place when the main character starts catching on to what’s been going on.

The thing is, we all know a Dick or have heard of a Dick. Someone who preys on the old, the gullible, the soft at heart, the nice people who don’t have a mean bone in their body and who would never think it possible that someone like Dick would try to con them, or hustle them or even lie to them.

I found it difficult to read but never did I even think of stopping. I knew JJ was smart enough to figure it out in the end, even if he was that type of person who wouldn’t see malice coming because he would never think anyone capable of such meanness. And I laughed out loud sometimes. JJ can be very funny.

It’s at least partly inspired by Dan Skinner’s life. JJ is a photographer like Dan Skinner, he had the same upbringing, his career path is the same as Dan’s, the photos he takes are in the same style, one of the models he mentions is described exactly like one of Dan’s models in photos I’ve seen on his website, and lots of other little details you’d know if you’ve read his posts and seen his pictures. I hope that Dick is fictional. If he’s based on a real person, I hope he’s lying in shame somewhere, pointed and laughed at.

For all the JJ’s in the world, this book is to show you that you’re not alone, there are Dicks everywhere and there’s no shame in trusting someone out of the goodness of your heart. You can get through it, and you can even conquer Dicks.

Hot sex scenes, folks. If you’re not 18, wait until you are. Then read it and learn something about life. And writing. Oh yeah. The writing is superb.