SYNOPSIS: A small town, a new arrival, and a love that is as undeniable as it is unlawful…
Victoria, Australia, 1891
Anglican priest Matthew Ottenshaw receives his first posting in tiny Dinbratten, two days’ ride from his Melbourne home. Determined to honour his calling as best he can, he throws himself into the footy mad, two-pub town, navigating the dusty streets, learning the gossip, and striking up a friendship with Jonah Parks, the resident police sergeant and local bona fide hero.
A police officer and a priest often find themselves needed at the same place, and Jonah and Matthew’s friendship deepens quickly, as they set about their business of protecting the bodies and souls of Dinbratten’s residents. When a bushfire threatens the town, and Matthew’s inexperience with fire endangers the church buildings, Jonah comes to the rescue, and a reckless kiss in the midst of the chaos takes their friendship to forbidden.
Neither Matthew nor Jonah can go back to the way things were before, but continuing their relationship puts everything at risk: their jobs, their friends, even their lives. In the outback town of Dinbratten where everyone knows everything about everyone else, how can they ever expect to keep a secret this explosive?
I have to say By The Currawong’s Call is one of the best books that I’ve EVER read.
This story is set in rural Victoria, Australia, in the late 1800s. A handsome young Anglican priest, Matthew Ottenshaw, takes up residence in the tiny town of Dinbratten and is pleasantly accepted by everyone in town, especially the ladies (much to his disinterest).
Father Matthew makes it his mission to get to know all the townsfolk, including Sergeant Jonah Parks, one of the two coppers in town.
Jonah Parks is a legend and a hero to everyone around him. He is personable, brave, well-respected and, on top of it all, quite handsome and sought after by the local lasses as well. These two strike up a friendship that is, just that—a friendship. Jonah and Matthew become the dynamic duo it seems, leaving the town of Dinbratten in the best of hands. Fighting crime and saving souls, one would be surprised as to how closely their jobs become entwined.
And then one night, they become entwined. It’s frightening and confusing, especially for Father Matthew. There is so much at stake—no, let me make it clear: there is EVERYTHING at stake for these two pillars of this small town to continue their clandestine affair because homosexual relationships in the late 1800s in Australia are against the law. They’re gravely at risk carrying on in such a small town.
The author does an outstanding job giving the reader a full picture of life in this time period. Instantly, I was transported into the pages, my mind’s eye so clearly watching the footy games, the brushfire behind the church, the trotting of horses, the dust and grime of the dry season, the sounds and cheers in the pubs, and most importantly, I could feel the love and angst between Matthew and Jonah so deep within my soul.
Once the first page of this treasure is turned, I’d feel certain that anyone would have trouble putting it down. I couldn’t. By The Currawong’s Call is perfectly written and the editing is flawless. The chapters flow like a warm breeze. Jonah and Matthew become part of your soul. It’s about history. It’s about cherishing everything that is right in this world and the grieving and the sadness of what isn’t. How could loving someone, no matter their gender, be so wrong? Jonah and Matthew are my heroes.
I would implore everyone who loves M/M romance and finding and fighting for true love to read this work of art. Five stars just aren’t enough.
Reviewed by Lisa Cullinan Bourbon, Bikes, and Books
Beyond Paradise by Barbara Nolan is now live!
Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2R1KG9n
Jonny Vallone, the dark, brooding owner of Manhattan nightclub, Beyond Paradise, doesn’t need any more complications in his life, or women. Then savvy con artist Cheryl Benson, barges into his office and spits out a confession that would make most men run for cover.
Cheryl’s fast-paced, out-of-control life is closing in, and her only hope against a ruthless crime boss is bad boy Jonny and his powerful connections. Her knight in black Brioni has a body made for sin with enough baggage to fill a 747, but when a near-fatal attack throws the two together, they implode in a night of steamy, sheet-gripping passion.
Jonny can’t resist the beautiful blonde with the pleading green eyes plus he has his own agenda with the underworld thug who owns a piece of his soul.
REVIEW:Their wild ride whisks them from the high-powered glitz of Manhattan to the sultry beaches of Miami in a desperate attempt to break free of their shady pasts while trying to tame their fiery passion and the dangerous deceptions swirling around them.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Steamy Action-Packed Page Turner
December 15, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free for an honest review
Beyond Paradise is a gritty, steamy romance filled with tension and suspense. It is set with the changing backdrop of glitzy Manhattan and South Beach night clubs and a seedy dockside dive. The first chapter hooked me but left me with this question: Why would this suave guy, Jonny, fall for some cocktail waitress in a dive bar? It seemed like a disconnect…until I read on, then I totally got their connection. But, deception, fear, betrayal, and manipulation threaten to tear them apart as they are tracked by a brutal crime boss. This book was a steamy action-packed page turner.
Once upon a time, a bunch of M/M authors wondered… What if the Heart2Heart dating app put on a charity raffle in cities around the globe, and random guys in each location were paired up for an adventure? The dates could go terribly wrong…or spectacularly right.
Seventeen of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces once again, bringing you back to the Heart2Heart world for more love and laughter just in time for the holidays. This collection of fun, sexy, and hot short stories features all-new characters once again chosen from your reader suggestions! From Boston to Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia and cities in between, these lucky raffle winners will learn love has a way of appearing when you least expect it.
Once again, all proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!
THE CLIPPED SAGA
The complete saga (Clipped, Bound, and Gagged) will be on sale for 99¢ on Amazon (free in Kindle Unlimited) for a limited amount of time.
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MORTALS BEWARE: The adventures described within this book are not for the faint of heart. Brace yourself for the absurd, the nonsensical, the perplexing, the disturbing, and the gratuitous. Journey with a cast of characters as deranged as they are h*rny. And for those who might find the content alarming, unnecessary, or offensive, keep in mind: this is not the Bible…this is just…
THE CLIPPED SAGA
The end of the world is upon us.
For millennia, God’s ex-boyfriend, Satan, has worked with his army of demons to spare mortals from God’s wrath. But their time is running out…
The demon Kinzer wakes up, bound in chains, enslaved in a human trafficking operation. Before his imprisonment, he acted as a spy for Satan, infiltrating a gang of rogue demons who were working with God to expedite Armageddon. But after being exposed as a mole, the gang destroyed Kinzer’s life.
They took his wings…his lover…his freedom.
Now, Kinzer’s on a mission to escape his bondage, avenge his lover’s death, and stop the apocalypse–a mission that would be a hell of a lot easier if he could just keep his pants on.
But that won’t be happening anytime soon…
Features shameless insta-love, over-the-top everything, and D-R-A-M-A…
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Alexander grew up in the Metro Atlanta Area his entire life, moving from suburb to suburb, just on the outskirts of the city. He’s always had a passion for writing, even from a young age. He still lives on the cusp of Atlanta, inching his way ever closer to finally becoming the City Dweller he’s always wanted to be.
In the meantime, he spends his days writing stories with queer characters and drinking an unfathomable amount of coffee. When he isn’t crafting quality queer fiction, you can find Alexander most likely curled up alongside his boyfriend, watching a movie or another equally lazy task.