Enigma by Lloyd A Meeker

Enigma_100dpi_cvr-210x330Who’s blackmailing the high-profile televangelist whose son was famously cured of his homosexuality fifteen years ago? Now in 2009, that ought to be ancient history.

It seems there’s no secret to protect, no crime, not even a clear demand for money—just four threatening letters using old Enigma songs from the 90′s. But they’ve got Reverend Howard Richardson spooked.

Proudly fifty and unhappily single, gay PI Russ Morgan has made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty.

Buy link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

I was excited to about this book after reading the blurb. I love a good mystery, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is told by Russ Morgan, he’s a private investigator who’s also an empath who can read auras. He can sense lies, truths and the persons feelings, very helpful in his line of work. He has a real no nonsense attitude and doesn’t take crap from people. I really enjoyed him.

The bulk of this story centers around the mystery. We follow Russ when finding clues and sit in on the interviews he has with people involved in the case. The writing style of the author comes in to play as the story was very fast paced but doesn’t feel rushed. He puts the reader right in the middle of the investigation with Russ, and I enjoyed being privy to the clues right along with him. The mystery itself wasn’t hard to figure out, but what made it so interesting were the characters involved. They were definitely a colorful bunch, but they were no match for our Russ.

I really loved Russ being fifty. Most of the characters we read about in this genre are much younger, it was a nice change of pace to have an older MC. I also loved how Russ was a bit mysterious himself. We know he’s been sober for fifteen years and he lost the love of his life to the bottle, but that’s it. I’m sure we’ll find out more about him as this series continues, so I’m definitely okay with knowing what we know about Russ thus far.

Let me just say, the one character that really stood out to me was Colin. He’s an assistant to the man who hired Russ, and we know his inner thoughts about this young man too. It wasn’t all PG rated! He’s also trying to figure out through the entire story if this guy is flirting with him or just clueless. It was quite funny. I’m hoping we see more of Colin as the series goes on.

There was a line in this story that really jumped out at me, I found it to be very poignant, “It’s sad, in a way, how the body can remember the pain of darkness long after the soul has found the light switch.”

Highly recommend this book to everyone.


Northern Star by Ethan Day

NorthernStar_100dpi_cvr-210x330Deacon Miller never had it all—he never really believed he could. Growing up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a revolving door of truly pathetic father figures taught him to keep his expectations low. Now at twenty-seven, on the night before Christmas Eve, his life is turned upside down yet again; his boyfriend has dumped him, he just fled the holiday family reunion from hell, and now to top it all off, a blizzard has left him stranded in an airport hotel.

Steve Steele has spent the better part of his forty-four years living a lie, ignoring his attraction to other men in an attempt to fit into the mold of the man he thought he should be, instead of living life as the man he knew himself to be. Recently divorced after coming home from work one day and coming out to his wife, Steve has floundered over the past year, desperately attempting to wade through the guilt and find the courage to start again.

That’s when a chance meeting in a hotel bar brings two lonely men together… and what should’ve been a one night stand turns into something much more than either one ever expected.

Buy Link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

As with all Ethan Day books, I expected humor and fun loving characters. We get that and a whole lot more with this book.

The two main characters Steve and Deacon are dealing with some pretty major life changes. Deacon, who grew up neglected and unloved with his alcoholic mother, moves back home to be with his teenage sister when his mother goes to jail for a DUI. While back in town he runs into Steve, someone he never thought he’d see again after their one night hook up months ago. Steve, who is fresh out of the closet following a six year marriage, never stopped thinking about Deacon and the one night they shared together.

This book is both charming and sweet but deals with some serious issues too. Deacon, after years of neglect from his mother, feels unworthy of love and is damaged in many ways. Steve’s patience and understanding is just what Deacon needs to help him overcome his insecurities. Steve is dealing with his guilt by not being honest with his ex wife during their marriage. They both help each other in ways neither one ever thought possible.

One of the scenes in this book I truly loved was between Steve and his very straight colleagues. They’re all standing around the fire pit while at a backyard barbecue talking about gay sex and asking Steve all kinds of questions. It was laugh out loud hysterical, in true Ethan Day style.

I really loved how this story was delivered. The words just flowed off the page and had me hooked from page one. As with the author’s previous books, there is a lot of humor, but he also deals with some darker issues that I haven’t seen from him before. I really enjoyed how he incorporated the humor he’s known for within a story that was just a little darker than we’re used to seeing from him. It was a nice balance and very realistic.

In a nutshell, this was a story of two people getting a second chance to love and be loved. Another great story, not to be missed from Ethan Day.

Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player, #3 by Patrick Darcy

ConfGayRugbyPlayer3_cvr-210x330This should be the greatest moment in Conor’s rugby playing career. But falling in love and a loss of form have brought him to his knees, and led him to question who he is. It’s no fun, not being the centre of attention. Is he the man he thought he was? Replaced on the pitch and now replaced in the affections of his best friend Sean. What is it about Sean’s new boyfriend he finds so irritating? Why can’t he accept them being together? Conor’s heart is filled with rage by the thought of them. A rage that he can’t contain, and that leads him to cross a line that should never be crossed. And when Conor acts like a fool, there is only one thing for it. To be punished by two hot Doms. Maybe they will bring him to his senses, and take his mind off things that cannot be…

…or maybe not!

Buy Link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

This is another great read from Patrick Darcy.

In the previous two installments, we see Conor playing around and just having fun. This one has a different tone altogether. Conor isn’t having fun. He’s injured and he’s lost his position on the Rugby team; he’s reduced to being the equivalent of a water boy and he’s not happy about it, at all. He’s also realized he’s in love with his best friend, Sean.

I really enjoyed this one and I’m really liking where the series going. For me, book 3 is the best one yet. Seeing this different side of Conor wasn’t something I was expecting. He was his same sarcastic self and still banged out those snarky comments of his, which I absolutely love, by the way. But he was also brought down a notch after being demoted on his team because of his injuries. In addition, his best friend is angry and not talking to him for things Conor said about Sean’s boyfriend. His ego has taken a hard hit and he’s really not sure how to handle it. I kind feel sorry for him, but knowing Conor, he’ll find a way to bounce back and put everything in proper order again.

Another thing that was different in this story was Conor allowing himself to submit sexually. Up until this point Conor has been the aggressor, the top, the one in charge. Not so here. With everything seemingly falling down around him, I think he wanted to let go and just feel. The author has a way with writing these sexual encounters that literally blows me away, no pun intended, of course. It makes for one sexy read.

And finally, what would a Patrick Darcy book be without some Rugby action? I really enjoy reading the games scenes on the field. Maybe it’s the way Mr. Darcy writes them, or maybe it’s Conor’s comments that make these scenes so enjoyable. All I know is, you don’t really need to understand the game to enjoy the story. It’s written in such a way not to alienate readers who haven’t a clue, like myself, about Rugby.

I can’t praise these books enough and encourage everyone to read them. Highly recommended.

Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player, #2 by Patrick Darcy

ConfGayRugbyPlayer2_cvr-2-210x330Rugby—it’s all about scoring, whether it’s on the field… or off.

While on tour in Copenhagen, it seems nothing is going to stop the Irish from bringing home the trophy and taking the spoils of victory. And while teammates Conor and Sean work up a sweat on the field to claim their prize, the real competition begins after the whistle blows, as the lads discover that Copenhagen is full of hot distractions.

To be sure, there is nothing rotten in the state of Denmark! In fact, Danish men are ripe for the picking. They love sex, have no inhibitions, and they want Irish meat.

But as Conor and Sean put their friendship aside in the pursuit of the hottest Danish players, the question is, will their friendship survive the real sport of man hunting?

Buy Link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment by Mr. Darcy, as much as I did the first one. There’s a lot of action happening on the field, which is pretty exciting, but the real action takes place after the game. And let me tell you, the sex in this story is off the chart.

This was a fun read. It’s like a day in the life of Conor and we readers get to follow along. I loved how the author’s sense of humor comes out in Conor. It just flows off the page without missing beat. I loved how we see a little more of Sean in this story. It was great to see Conor and Sean together, on the rugby field and between the sheets. With these two together we never know what kind of mischief they’re going to get up to.

The author takes it up a notch with the sex scenes in this story. Instead of two playing the game we have three very hot guys wanting to play with each other all at the same time. Let me just say, you could feel the heat coming off the pages during these scenes.

I can’t express enough how much I love Conor. He’s so easy going, he seems to be going through life without a care in the world besides Rugby and sex. And not necessarily in that order. He’s a fantastic character, and I’m really looking forward to his next adventure.

I don’t know what the author has planned next for Conor and Sean, but this girl definitely can’t wait to find out.