Title: By The Moonlight
Rating: You Need To Read- 4 stars
Reviewed by: Laura Moreno
Jared Sinclair is a woman-loving vampire. He routinely takes women to his home, beds them, feeds from them and returns them from wherever they came from. His best friend, Byron, prefers men. One night after Byron made a strange comment to him, it occurs to Jared to explore Byron’s world a little more. Jared knew Byron’s life was very different from his. Jared was unprepared for how similar they could be too.
Reading this book reminded me of stories where next door neighbors don’t even realize the attraction until years, sometimes decades later. The interaction between best friends Jared and Byron is so emotional and tender that you cannot help but want to encourage their closeness. Byron slowly and carefully pulls Jared in to his world by first feeding him samples of his lifestyle as an appetizer. Once Jared is hungry for more, he feeds him a different dish, if you will. The story is wonderfully crafted and refreshingly plotted out so that the reader is never quite sure who will succeed. Bravo.
Title: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Rating: You Need To Read- 4 stars
Reviewed by: Laura
Lovell Johnston was teased mercilessly when he was a child because he was color-blind. As an adult, his uneasiness around people has led him to only have one relationship, and it was extremely casual. His job as the owner of a dating website keeps him away from interacting with people except for the written word. He is home for the holidays with his mother and sister and is unaware of the gift waiting for him.
Avery Lockhart is doing his duty by helping his family run the store. He is a lawyer by trade but doesn’t mind pitching in especially when he runs into Lovell. Well, well, well, where is the mistletoe?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The byplay between the two characters and the diversity of their lifestyles had me laughing, anxious and eager to read more. Avery and Lovell do the dance all lovers do in the beginning but this book spices it up with the added insecurities that Lovell has harbored all his life. I cheered for the pair throughout the pages and read the last sentence with a sigh of pleasure. Well done, Mr. Steele.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Reflections of Love
A Dreamspinner Press Short Story Anthology
Length: 316 Pages
Publication Date: February, 2009
A Year-long Valentine
by Jaxx Steele
Stephan Jefferies was a singer at Sound of Soul. Julio De la Cruz inherited the club and others like it. When Julio stepped into the club he was entranced by Stephan's voice and his dark beauty. Julio doesn’t have a clue how to approach Stephan so he sent him to another one of his clubs to sing until he got up his nerve. How long will it take Julio to make his move and will Stephan be able to wait that long?
Posted by Jaxx Steele at 7:15 PM
Monday, February 9, 2009
Dominick “Papa” Pappas was a handsome, young photography teacher at Indiana University given to impulsive behavior and an overwhelming passion for his craft. Professor Bradley Louis taught philosophy at the college and had the reputation of being the sternest and most unsocial of all the teachers on campus.
When Papa first laid eyes on Professor Louis it was love at first sight. Professor Louis was handsome, intelligent and twenty years his senior. Papa approached him, but the professor turned away from his advances claiming they had nothing in common and belonged to two different generations. Because of that he didn’t think they had a chance to survive as a couple. Can Papa convince him of otherwise or will Professor Louis’ theory on May-November relationships prevail?
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Posted by Jaxx Steele at 12:23 PM