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Love overcoming adversity.  It’s a simplistic way to describe JP Barnaby’s penchant for the art she creates on the page.  If you were to delve deeper however, you’d be more inclined to call it love in the face of utter fucked-upness!  The Queen of the Obscene is back with a torrid tale of bashing down boundaries in lieu of post traumatic stress and survivors guilt.  2012’s Aaron was released on the Dreamspinner Press for all to enjoy, being awarded the Goodreads M/M Romance Members Choice Award for 2012.

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I’m a late-comer to gay fiction, so it’s no surprise that it took a while for Something Like Summer to come across my desk.  I sat down one night to read it and, as bad as it sounds, I wasn’t impressed, barely scrambling through the first few chapters before rolling my eyes and flicking off the lights, giving it no further thought.  Then when my friend Matt recommended it to me, I was between books.  What the hell?  I’d give it another go.  What I’d first thought was just your typical nerd-meets-jock gay love story unfolded into something far more.  I don’t like to admit when I’m wrong.   But boy, was I wrong?

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Best known for his Foster High series, John Goode has packed a severe wallop with his edgy word-roundhouse kicks that left us all a little teary eyed and spent after reading.  I rarely give an author’s second series a shot after reading something I love, but with Goode, I couldn’t resist.  From the title alone it’s impossible to ignore the overtones of what promises to be a romp that is out of this world and the man, as always, does not fail to deliver.

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To say that young love was hard work would be the understatement of the century.  As with most books I read, I tackled this one in one sitting.  Pitch is a bittersweet love story between high school students Taylor and Jackson.  It looks familiar from the outset, Taylor is no one, Jax is a jock, but Parkinson took the traditional formula and bent it into a far more unexpected tale.

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Michigan native Andrew Grey is prolific in the field of M/M Fiction, boasting a plethora of well written, approachable erotic novels.  This latest addition is right up there with the rest of them, as he takes a classic boy-meets-boy love story and moulds into something new and fresh.  To start with, our lead character, Howard, is a blind man who, in the opening of the book we find stranded without his cane by the side of the road, no clue where he is and on the back end of a breakup with the unbearable Cedric.  Promising start.  Introducing Gordy, his Knight in shining armour.  Brilliant addition.  Then his friends Ken and his mute partner Patrick arrive with their daughter Hannah, a leukaemia survivor. Ding-ding-ding!  Ladies and gentleman we have a winner!

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ImageThere are few things in my life that make me happy.  Writing, reading a good book, being marginally overweight and my insane love of country music to name a few.  So when I tweeted the talent Mr John Goode, author of the new Dreamspinner Press released novel Taking Chances, and he actually said yes to an interview, I added John-Goode-knowing-who-I-am to that list of happy-makers.  Within three hours of receiving my email, he had replied, and what follows documents the hilarity that is the inside of Mr. Goode’s mind.  Please enjoy it as much as I did, and if you’re any kind of fan-boy like me, you’ll need a cigarette and a cold shower afterwards too!  No?  Just me?  Naww, shucks.

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In December 2011, John Goode wrote a short story named The Boy Behind the Red Door, a heartfelt Christmas aside set in the fictional town of Foster, Texas, and portraying a cutesy tale of the towns beloved toxic bachelor Tyler Parker.  Now John Goode is a very humble man.  In fact he’s infuriatingly self-depricating and has no idea of his talent (despite what myself, his mother and every other person who has ever picked up one of his books has said).  So when he tweeted about the release of the brand new Dreamspinner release, Taking Chances, I was expecting The Boy Behind the Red Door v2.0.  No.  Not even close.

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