Review: Loving Jay

Book: Loving Jay

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Genre:  Contemporary M/M romance

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


I found this totally enjoyable, funny, and sweet. There’s a bit of sadness as well, but that only makes it a richer story. Jay’s a flamboyantly gay boy and Liam’s just an average Australian guy who just happens to be completely taken with Jay. I’m glad this didn’t turn out to be a “gay for you” but rather a discovery of identity for Liam, who has to deal with a father who can’t imagine any of his five sons being gay. Everything in this book was integrated together well: the romance, humor, and even some danger and a daring rescue.

I haven’t found too many Aussie writers in the M/M genre, so I find the voice and the location refreshing. All in all, this was an excellent debut book from a new M/M author.


Blog Tour Stop: Chris McHart’s Newest Release!

Hey, just showcasing fellow House of Manlove writer Chris McHart today and the newest release from MLR Press, “Never Wrong.” Check it out!


Title: Never Wrong

Author: Chris McHart

Publisher: MLR-Press

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, May-December Age-gap

Length: 34.000 words




Jeff was raised to believe love between two men is wrong. Or is it? Can love ever be wrong?

When Jeff meets the much younger Dean, he only knows he wants him, consequences be damned. But things are not as easy, especially after Jeff’s ex calls and announces big news.

And Dean? He thinks the new neighbor is hot, but he’s not interested in something more than a rebound fuck. That’s what he tells himself, at least.

But lust isn’t a good basis for a relationship, more so since Jeff isn’t sure whether he can deal with being gay.

Love is never wrong, but can Jeff accept that?

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What the hell possessed me to buy so much shit?

I stood in front of my car’s open trunk, and tried to work out how the hell to get all this stuff up to my fifth floor apartment. Without an elevator, of course. The nice guy at the store had packed most of it in bags, but there were about eight of them. Along with a few items that were too big to fit into bags. I was going to have to make a lot of trips up and down the stairs. Damn.

I should have bought a few things at a time, not everything the first day. It figured I’d go overboard, trying to make my new apartment as comfortable as possible. Understandable though, since this was the first time I was totally, completely on my own, but I might’ve gotten a bit too much.

“You’re my new neighbor, aren’t you?”

The deep voice, coming from behind me, shot shivers down my spine. I turned. My gaze traveled up and down the man standing in front of me, and holy shit. Short, dark brown hair with grey at the temples highlighted the sharp features of his good-looking, angular face. And he had a body that made me want to beg. I didn’t know what to beg for, just that I wanted to. Damn. Muscles defined his arms, not too obvious, but clearly there. Along with the slight padding on his hips, his appearance gave me the impression that he might work out, but was definitely not obsessed with it. He was somewhere around the age of forty, forty-five, if I guessed right. A man of my tastes.

What I wouldn’t give to be allowed to run my fingers over his stomach, trace the hairs that grew there, up to his chest, where the dark curls peeked out from under his shirt. And then down to his cock, likely nestled in the same coarse hair, standing ready for me. His matted torso would contrast so nicely with my sparsely haired chest. The hairs would tickle my nipples and my stomach, right down to where I wanted to feel his touch most.



Author Bio


Chris McHart is from Germany and while an accountant, writing is Chris’s real passion. Chris likes to spend time with family and has way too many animals that demand constant attention. Chris also enjoys landscaping and cooking.

Whenever Chris has a free minute, it’s spent writing ona laptop, a cup of coffee in hand, deeply lost in the world Chris’s muses have created.

When coming up for some air, you’ll find Chris on a lot of social networks. Check out Chris’s website to see where you can find out more. Chris looks forward to hearing from you!





Another four star review for The Foreman

Writer Evalise Archer actually posted this over the weekend, but I only found out yesterday. Things have been busy getting ready for the rollout on Monday. Thank you to those who have already ordered a copy!  It’s rather exciting to try out Amazon’s new pre-order capabilities and be like one of the big publishers.

Check out Evalise’s review on her blog here:

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Available for pre-order on Amazon


Genre, Genre, who’s got the Genre?

Under another name I’ve already written two books. I’m at the point now where I’ve got a system when starting a new book and a new series. I have my little notebook where I can write all the notes about characters, the world, plot lines, and any research I might need.

So the next book I’m about to write is going to incorporate several things I find interesting. First, the protagonists are gay. Second, there will be a developing romance between them. Third, there are paranormal elements. Fourth, there is a mystery to solve, and elements of suspense and thriller. And last, I plan to have explicit sex featured in the books, including elements of BDSM, so that makes it erotic fiction as well.

This leaves me pondering what to call the genre of this thing. The simplest might be gay erotica, but I plan to feature the mystery plot just as prominently as the sex, if not more so. Gay mystery series? I know there’s a mystery to be solved in the first book, and I have a larger arcing mystery/problem for future books, but I can’t say for certain that this will be a true mystery series. It might fit better into suspense.

Normally I just write and worry about genre later, but since the mystery genre is so specific, I find myself having to make decisions even before I start writing. If mystery is my focus, then it’s a whodunnit, and that’s my outlined plot. If it’s suspense, however, then it’s about the danger and risk to the protagonists, and the mystery is secondary.

The worst thing is there doesn’t seem to be a lot of this out there, so it’s not like I can look to other examples. So am I crazy?  I could tone down the sex except I have it as an integral part of both the characters and the paranormal aspects. (I’m taking “power exchange” to the next level, let’s just say.)

For now, the best I can do is just get my thoughts down and let my instincts guide me.