M/M Romance

[Fridays with Favorites] Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper

Well, it’s Friday once again and the topic for this post took me by surprise. I didn’t have an author scheduled for today, so that meant it was a favorites kind of day.

Into Deep WatersYesterday, I started listening to Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper and was about eighty percent done by the time I went to bed. I always keep a rating in my head of the books I’m reading. It helps me deciding the final one when it’s time to write the reviews. At that point, this story was around four stars.

But this morning that rating changed to five lovely stars. About eighty-eight percent into the story, when the characters are already into their sixties, I lost my battle against the waterworks. Making this book the first entry into my Best of 2017 shelf.

I know, I know. This story came out in 2012. Way before I discovered MM Romances, but it’s ageless. I’m not a fan of American historicals, but this one worked. I had to admit that I had put this book aside several times because I didn’t want to read anything depressing or angsty, but this story is none any of that. Yes, I’m still a bit teary eye, but it has to do more with happiness. And seeing their lives nearing the end; mortality and all that.

If you’re curious, you can read my review here. And if you want to take the plunge and read a great story, you can find it free on Amazon. The narration is only $1.99 and it’s more than worth it.

Fridays with Friends & Favorites is a weekly post featuring authors, designers, editors, and anyone else brave enough to show up. And sometimes, my favorite book of the week might take the spotlight.

#TeaserTuesday – 2/28/2017 – A Chance to Fight

A Chance to Fight is my first story, ever. Looking back at it, I can see that. I hope to re-edit it into something more coherent at some point, but it was definitely a learning experience.  I still feel sorry for my poor editor. I think the topic is important, and their second-chance love story deserves a second chance. Until then, here’s a tease.

Leah stood up and started walking back to Gavin’s room. Austin caught up with her at the door.

“Fine, I’ll shut up, but I don’t care about your attraction to Sky.”

“Can you stop calling him Sky? His name is Gavin.”

“He will always be my Sky.”

Your Sky? Do you have any idea how hard it will be for Gavin to start over again? This is the second time he’s tried to commit suicide, and it was a lot closer than the last. He’s asking for help, but no one can help him if he doesn’t play his part. And you―” Leah stopped to clear her throat. She wiped hard at the tears stinging her face and took a deep breath before she continued, “Gavin and I went to class together, did homework together, and then you left, and he was waiting for you to come back. His world was already shattered, and then Brian had his accident, and their dad had another stroke.”

Leah saw the shock register on Austin’s face. He hadn’t known about Mr. Parker’s second stroke, or about Brian.

“So you see,” she said, “he feels guilty, but it’s up to him to tell you exactly why. He’s my friend, and I love him, and I’m asking you to give him time to process everything that’s happened. Because if he gets too attached to you and you decide to leave again, it would be over for him.”

“I have no intention of leaving him again. I’m here to stay, to be everything he needs. If you excuse me, I think he needs to hear this, not you.” Austin stepped past her and entered Gavin’s room. Leah went after him and pulled his arm, trying not to disturb Gavin, who was now fast asleep in bed.

“Get out of here.” Leah hissed.


“I’m going to call security to take you out,” she said, her voice loud enough to have awoken Gavin.

“Leah, please stop,” he pleaded. “Let me talk to him.”



[Fridays With Friends] #InstaFreebie Valentine’s Day Romance #Giveaway

Today is all about #InstaFreebie. I’m taking part of two, that’s right, two InstaFreebie Valentine’s Day Romance giveaways. The first one has 120 participants and it’s host by Suzanne Zannis Jenkins from February 10th to the 18th. It’s all about romance and it has something for everyone–from sweet, faded-to-black stories to BDSM. The majority of the stories are MF, though.


And for my loyal readers, you can get your copy of Uncle! as part of the M/M Romance Valentine’s Giveaway host by Isobel Starling from February 10th to the 15th. On the event page, readers can download 34 new stories — shorts, novelettes, and excerpts from established M/M authors and several new authors. We have a wonderfully diverse range of sub-genres on offer: Contemporary, BDSM, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Comedy, and Paranormal.


Happy Valentine’s! ❤