Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 2 by Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time Vol. 2 (A Matter of Time Books 3 & 4)

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Warnings: Violence, kidnapping (or adultnapping), and a creepy serial killer with peeping tom tendencies and mommy issues

Rating: M

Length: 298 pages (novel)

Related Books:  Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 8); Parting Shot by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 7); Ears, Eggs and Bunnies by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 6.5); But For You by Mary Calmes ( A Matter of Time Book 6); Just Jory by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5.5); Bulletproof by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5); Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Books 1 & 2)

Synopsis

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.

Now Sam’s back and he knows what he wants… and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn’t know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.

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Book Review: A Matter of Time Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes

A Matter of Time Vol. 1 (A Matter of Time Books 1 & 2)

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Warnings: Mild violence & the threat of rape

Rating: M

Length: 280 pages (novel)

Related Books:  Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 8); Parting Shot by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 7); Ears, Eggs and Bunnies by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 6.5); But For You by Mary Calmes ( A Matter of Time Book 6); Just Jory by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5.5); Bulletproof by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Book 5); A Matter of Time Vol. 2 by Mary Calmes (A Matter of Time Books 3 & 4)

Synopsis

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody—he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

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Book Review: Sultry Sunset by Mary Calmes

Sultry Sunset (Mangrove Stories Book 3)

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Gay Romance

Warnings: Off-screen heterosexual sex, and detailed-yet vague- reference to periods

Rating: M

Length: 78 pages (short-story/novella)

Related Books: Quiet Nights by Mary Calmes (Mangrove Stories Book 2); Blue Days by Mary Calmes (Mangrove Stories Book 1)

Synopsis

Hutch Crowley is well-liked in the small resort town of Mangrove—he’s got friends in his new neighbors, he’s the owner of the town grocery, and he’s building a community center—but he’s still unlucky at love. Every man he’s attracted to is either taken or simply not interested, including his best friend, Mike Rojas.

When Mike came to Mangrove two years ago, Hutch gave him a job and a place to stay in his guesthouse, where Mike has remained ever since. Despite the rumors circulating about them, Hutch knows Mike is straight and looking for the right woman. But his friends disagree, and after some hints to the contrary, even Hutch finally has to admit that maybe the rest of the town sees something he’s been missing. If Hutch wants to spend each sultry sunset with the man of his dreams, it might be time to figure out what’s going on with his best friend’s heart.

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Book Review: Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell

Cookies for Courting (Tales of the Curious Cookbook Book 4)

Author: Amber Kell

Genre: Gay Romance

Warnings: Part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series. However, each book can be read as a standalone and in any order.

Rating: M

Length: 68 pages (novella)

Synopsis

After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

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Book Review: Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

Change of Heart (Change of Heart Book 1) 

Author: Mary Calmes

Genre: Gay paranormal romance

Warnings: Werepanthers, sex in partially shifted form

Rating: M

Length: 260 pages (novel)

Synopsis

As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn’t want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them.

But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won’t give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.

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Welcome to The Ribbon Marker!

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Welcome to The Ribbon Marker, an editorial blog dedicated to reviewing urban fantasy and gay romance books, and pretty much anything else book or publishing related.

The site is still under construction, but I am working at it everyday. For now, you can explore my Fanfiction Favorites (fanfiction writers deserve recognition too!), and see my All-Time Favorites Book Reviews that share what I loved about various Urban Fantasy and Gay Romance authors’ books/series. You can also check out my Anticipated Reads section, with my TBR pile and Upcoming Releases pages, to share in what books I need to get around to reading (stop interrupting RL), and the books that I eagerly anticipate.

Aside from my reading obsession (though it kind of goes hand in hand), I am very much into writing. I have all these ideas running through my head, and not enough hours in the day to write them all down (or finish them). However, some persistent plot bunnies won’t leave me alone until they’ve been shared with the world, so keep an eye out for my Coup de Plume page

My upcoming Editorial Insights pages will have all kinds of nifty info on entering the publishing industry, what should go on your reference bookshelf, and other little editorial tidbits.

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Book Review: Owner of my Heart by Valentina Heart

Cover for the 1st edition of Owner of my Heart

Owner of my Heart (Mending the Rift Book 2)

Author: Valentina Heart

Genre: Gay fantasy & fairytale

Warnings: Male pregnancy, part of a series

Rating: M

Length: 133 pages

Related Posts: Book Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart (Mending the Rift Book 1)

Please note that I read the first edition of this book, which was published by Silver Publishing in 2012. A second, revised and re-edited, edition was published with Totally Bound Publishing in 2014.

Synopsis

Can King Merin face his loss, save his husband and protect his kingdom, or have his enemies finally found a way to defeat him?

When an enemy Merin thought defeated takes his unborn children away from him, he’s at the end of his rope and still has to find enough strength to save his husband Rin from the clutches of sorrow. Unable to find peace, they must deal with an aggressor who plots to ruin any chance of happiness they might have. To make things worse, the newly united countries must prepare for a war against a vicious invading army that’s using the weakened state of the kingdom for its benefit.

How will Merin and Rin recover from their terrible loss and give their people heirs? Will the newly united countries work together as one to save Merin’s kingdom—and his family—from the ongoing dangerous challenges? Can love truly push through all obstacles, or will their enemies discover their weaknesses and finally achieve victory?

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Book Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart

The cover of the 1st edition of King’s Conquest

King’s Conquest (Mending the Rift Book 1)

Author: Valentina Heart 

Genre: Gay fantasy & fairytale

Warnings: Mpreg

Rating: M

Length: 96 pages (novella)

Please note that I read the first edition of this book, which was published by Silver Publishing in 2012. A second, expanded, edition was published with Totally Bound Publishing in 2014.

Synopsis

The only way for Prince Rin to save his kingdom is to marry a king and bear a child, but will he survive his fate?

In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rin, heir to the throne of the Kari kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jeda. The prince must travel to his enemy’s kingdom and share the king’s bed, bearing him a child, or the war will continue. But the prince will not lower himself to what he sees as nothing but the title of a whore, so he demands a contract requiring the king to be faithful to him. After all, giving Merinej a child will threaten Rin’s life.

Even going into the marriage headfirst, Rin expected nothing more than a business arrangement. Instead, he receives affection, yet the more surprising realization is his willingness to give love back. However, the king cannot save Rin from those who wish him harm, and their union might be over before it can fully bloom. Continue reading “Book Review: King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart”