Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Review – Gaymes Anthology – Carol Lynne, Jenna Byrnes & Jude Mason

 

Title:  Highland Gaymes

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Total E-Bound 

Main Characters: Shaw Fitzgerald & Curt Macaula

There's more to a man than what's under his kilt.

Shaw Fitzgerald loves touring the United States with his brothers. A fiddle player since an early age, music is the only thing he's ever been passionate about. That is, until he sees Curt Macaula compete for the first time.

As a competitor in the Highland Games, Curt knows how important it is to concentrate on the individual events. Getting distracted while tossing a one hundred and fifty pound pole isn't an option. Away from his events, Curt is free to ogle the very pretty member of the Brothers Fitzgerald band.

Toward the end of the season, Curt knows it's time to make his move. With Shaw being guarded by four macho brothers, it won't be easy, but Curt is determined to win the man of his dreams.

 

Shaw Fitzgerald was roused from sleep by his eldest brother, Brannon. “Five more minutes.”

“Take all the time you want. I just thought you’d like to know the games are about to begin.”

Shaw sat straight up and brushed the wayward curls from his face. “We’re in Riverside already?”

Brannon laughed, his deep voice vibrating Shaw’s chest. “We’ve been in Missouri since about two this morning, been parked since about four-thirty.”

Shaw swung his legs over the side of the bunk and jumped down. Someday, he wanted to sleep in a real bed, but for as long as he could remember his family had lived and worked out of one recreational vehicle after another.

“Anyone in the shower?”

“Nope. Ronan’s getting some much deserved sleep and Lachlann and Niall left about thirty minutes ago in search of a grocery store.

Before disappearing into the miniscule bathroom, Shaw turned back to his brother. “Thanks for waking me.”

Brannon waved him off. “I know how much you enjoy watching the competitions, though I guess I’ll never understand it. You’d think after seeing them all your life they’d start to get old.”

Shaw shut the bathroom door. He couldn’t tell Brannon or any of his brothers the real reason he’d become obsessed with watching the men compete. When he’d first realised he was gay, Shaw enjoyed ogling all the men, but recently, he’d set his sights on one in particular. Probably the straightest of the straight, Curt Macaula was the object of Shaw’s nightly fantasies.

He took his morning erection in hand and squeezed. As images of Curt’s six-foot-three-inch frame came to mind, Shaw stroked his cock. He’d always wondered what it would feel like to run his hands over the smooth, shaved skin of Curt’s head.

Just like every morning, it didn’t take long for his seed to rush from the end of his cock to the drain below. He gave himself a quick rinse and turned off the faucet. Stepping out of the shower was a bit like straddling the stool, but it was commonplace for Shaw.

He wrapped a towel around his waist and walked into the one and only bedroom, and over to the sink. Shaw studied his chin in the mirror. At the age of twenty-one, he still only had a handful of whiskers, he’d be better off plucking them he knew, but he shaved daily nonetheless.

Keeping quiet so as not to wake his sleeping brother, he made his way back into the main room of the RV, hoping he had a clean summer-weight kilt to put on. Instead of the Fitzgerald blue he wore when playing in the band with his brothers, Shaw found his favourite black and tossed it on his bunk along with a black T-shirt.

He glanced out of the window to the thermometer mounted on the side of the RV and whistled. It wasn’t even nine o’clock and already the temperature sat at eighty-eight degrees. Instead of pulling out his black shorts and black knee socks, Shaw opted for a black jockstrap and flip flops

Highland Gaymes © Carol Lynne

Reviewette

This is a another short and sweet read from the very prolific author Carol Lynne and I will say, I loved this book. Ms. Lynne is not known for lengthy dragged out read, she cuts right to the chase and HIGHLAND GAYMES was no different.

Shaw Fitzgerald is the baby brother of the Fitzgerald boys and the comic relief of the band that they all form that follows the Highland Games from border to border.

Life for Shaw is  moving from fair ground to fair ground, playing in their band and watching as his brothers gets chased by enough girls to make them all sick. Shaw has his own eye candy however and he comes in the form of Curt Macaula , one of the games contestant and Shaw ogles him from way off the side lines every chance he gets.

Curt is tired and knows he will soon have to make some decision about his life, as he has always only participated in the summer games – but for just the chance to  see even more a chance to speak to Shaw Fitzgerald he is doing the whole circuit this season and he has yet to find the nerve to say hello.

This is the summer for lovers however because not only does Curt makes his move but Shaw is very open to all his moves. This book is not all about sexual anticipation and emotion, because Shaw is not out to his brothers and Curt is about as in the closet as you could get with his friends.

I LOVE THIS BOOK – not only does it have Lynne’s trademark sweet guy and just there sort of angst. Nothing edge of your seat but just enough to get the blood rushing. Toss in a man in a kilt and a few emotional charged scenes and I am loving Shawn and Curt alot..

Another winner for Ms. Lynne and a perfect opening book for this Anthology.

 

 

Title:  Good Cop, Bad Cop

Author: Jenna Byrnes and Jude Mason

Publisher: Total E-Bound

Main Characters: Kevin Sands & Dave McAdams 

Two hot studs, an evening of scorching sex, a pub, and the gaymes begin...or have they?

Officer Kevin Sands and his lover get off on playing games - role playing games. When one of their escapades goes awry, will someone else pay the price for their fun? Or can the lovers solve a mystery that could mean the end of everything they hold dear?

Thursday evening and the Rocky Rode, the only gay bar on the west side of town, was next to empty, which suited Kevin Sands just fine. Standing behind the long wooden bar, he polished the beer glass deliberately before sliding it alongside the dozens of others lining the shelves on the rear wall. Two dudes sat near the front of the large, dimly lit room, another four lounged by the fireplace, talking quietly while downing yet one more round of brews.

Kevin sighed and looked at the clock over the mantel. It’d been a long day and he’d hoped for a little excitement by then. Another glass in hand, the cloth tucked inside, he twisted it, wiping the few drops of water.

A noise coming from the large oak doors dragged his attention that way.

“Yowsahs,” he murmured, eyeing the tall hunk of dark-haired muscle and bone walking towards him. The man wore a pair of engineer’s boots, snug but well-worn blue jeans and a plaid shirt that drew tight across his wide chest and arms. The rugged looking man’s forearms showed bronze where he’d rolled up his sleeves, and a small tuft of hair poked from the deep V at the front of the shirt. A leather vest finished off the outfit.

The new customer slid onto one of the bar stools and propped his elbows on the well-polished bar. He seemed flushed. It could have been from the last of the summer’s heat outside, but Kevin didn’t think so, not from the hungry look he saw in the man’s deep brown eyes.

Good Cop, Bad Cop © Jenna Byrnes, Jude Mason

 

Reviewette

GOOD COP BAD COP starts off with a plotline that I love – “the pretend game  between lovers”. For half of this books it was a sexual romp between Kevin the bartender who just happens to be on the receiving end of a pick up by a new comer to the bar - Dave.

This sort of thing was not new between Kevin and his lover Dave, as cops they know the risk but also enjoy the thrill more. When this particular escapade gets not only them but an innocent party into what looks to be certain danger Kevin and –Dave have to bite the bullet and solve the mystery or face losing everything that they had worked so hard for.

GOOD COP BAD COP was a mix bag for me, as I mentions before the games lovers play plotline is a hands down winner for me, I love when an author uses the veil of pretend anonymity to create that spicy scene between lovers of either many years or even between those who have recently met – and Ms. Byrnes and Ms Mason got that spot on.

Brash is probably the best word I would use to describe the dialogue, It was sexy, dirty and full of tease and that was just foreplay. The men and I enjoyed a delightful romp in the store room and I think they enjoyed it as much as i did, and they certainly have some moves on them..

Adding the mystery in was really sweet as it added another dimension to what could and did happen when these things go wrong. I will admit the ending was not as strong as I would have liked it to be. After the tension and build up to the who done it  - it just fell flat when all the parties laid their cards on the table.

Irrespective of that – this was still a good read for me – it was short enough for me not to get annoyed about what niggled me and yet just long enough to get in some decent smut scenes…

Mason and Byrnes do make a great reading combination and it is reflected in this simple read…

 

16 Speak To Me:

Tam on 2 March 2010 at 12:49 said...

I think this is the second good thing I've heard about Gaymes. I'll definitely have to check it out.

Jenna Byrnes on 2 March 2010 at 13:08 said...

Thanks EH, we appreciate the review! Take care and have a great day.

Lily on 2 March 2010 at 15:02 said...

Sounds good. You know I love Carol Lynne's stories and Jenna and Jude's sounds good. I'll have to move it up my TBB.

Cecile on 2 March 2010 at 15:09 said...

Great review of these stories EH!
I have my eye on this book! Hope all is well hon!

Jude Mason on 2 March 2010 at 16:53 said...

Hi E.H.,

Good review, thanks so much. Kevin and Dave thank you as well.

Hugs

Blodeuedd on 2 March 2010 at 17:01 said...

Nice reviews.
So one of them has competed in the Highland games, sounds cool

Chris on 2 March 2010 at 18:41 said...

*adds to TBB list*

Smokinhotbooks on 2 March 2010 at 20:09 said...

Whenever I read a anthology I'm always dissapointed in one or two authors I really can't think of one where I thought all of the stories were fantastic. Yet I buy them anyways.

Overall did you think it was worth paying anthology price for this one?

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:17 said...

@K.C.

Whenever I read a anthology I'm always dissapointed in one or two authors I really can't think of one where I thought all of the stories were fantastic.

I can understand that - as I find myself having the same thoghts sometimes - but I find Anthologies are great ways to find new to me authors...

I have read all the authors in this book - and they work for me ..
But from all the reviews I have read and I have read three and a little of the book already and I am very pleased with it...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:17 said...

@Chris**

I need to fire up that Evernote and start making use of it as well...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:18 said...

@Jude...

You are welcome my dear - Kevin and Dave can invite me to any more of their romps anytime...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:20 said...

@Cecile..

Hey hon- all is good...

I am trying to get through this as I am eyeing up the stealing my heart anthology...

Have a great day my dear...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:21 said...

@Lily...

All my fav - how could I resist... So far so good....

Nice and breezy - I am like that alot...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:23 said...

@Blodeuedd..

You zeroed in on the Games - I love them - I am trying to go up north and see them this year...

Not alot of young sexy men to to ogle though...

but I love the kilt on display...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:23 said...

@Jenna..

Thanks hon and congrats on the book - How could I resist...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 2 March 2010 at 21:33 said...

@Tam..

I am glad others are picking up on it... a good read so far..

E.H>