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A Daring, Devoted Heart by Linda Hines

Review: To me “A Daring, Devoted Heart” read very much like a yaoi novel in that there is great contrast between so many aspects of the story. The main characters Emeric and Calder are radically different, older and noble versus young and more impetuous.  Also the writing style was quite different from one section to another, so narratively I did wonder if there had been a “clear” voice planned, yet perhaps this was intentional to have the extremes.

I like historical fiction. I enjoy have distinct, visual settings and I did find this evident throughout but I struggled greatly with the sexual aspects of the book. I found them either confusing because of the very florid terms or at other times rather clinical and not representative of my life as a gay individual.  I’ve come to understand having some explicit content is what is considered to be di rigeur in m/m fiction, which is why I do not read it generally, but I felt the romance between the two men evident enough during their dialogue and descriptions that graphic sex was unnecessary for me to find them believable as a couple.

I know it’s billed as also quest fiction, but a structure which included names of secondary characters, their background, other information and locations in special sections where they weren’t regularly interspersed within crucial scenes would have made for an easier, more flowing pace in my opinion.  I like those things but I found them distracting. Poetical in nature, yet too descriptive for me at times (rather like the official description below), “A Daring, Devoted Heart” is a passionate story fans of m/m fiction might enjoy.

Description:  Years ago, revenge brought Emeric von Gondrecourt to New Mexico. Now, the force keeping him there is loyalty to the Metairie faily — and his love for the young Calder Metairie, who has grown up while Emeric watched.

The two men are separated by geography, history, language, culture — one, born an Austrian prince just before upheaval in Europe would rob him of his birthright, the other born to head a cattle ranch as vast as small European countries. Both were born to different kinds of power, positions of command, and lives bound by duty. And both share a secret.

Being gay at this volatile time in America’s history is damned dangerous. Being two men in love is a hazard Calder and Emeric fully recognize —

But the simmering frustration with which Calder grapples, every moment of every day, is Emeric’s stubborn refusal to allow himself to love, and to express his feelings in any physical sense. For Emeric, the situaion is a labyrinth of duty and loyalty, desire and the determination to honor promises he made to the Metairie family in the wake of his one terrible mistake. The Metairies forgave Emeric once, and he enjoys a certain comradeship within the great Alteza cattle empire. He has worked long and hard to earn their trust and respect … but would they forgive him a second time if his crime, this time, were to lay a lover’s hands on Calder? For an Austrian warrior prince, the dilemma is bleak.

The situation between the two men is already like a powderkeg on a short fuse only waiting for a spark, when horsethieves steal Emeric’s priceless Andalusian stallion, Lagrimas. The horse’s name is prophetic … it’s the Spanish for tears, and this magnificent animal is at the epicenter of troubles, danger, which will bring Emeric and Calder face to face with their personal devils, once and for all.

A DARING, DEVOTED HEART is a Western with a difference. Not merely an m/m romance, it’s also “quest fiction,” taking a pair of mis-matched heroes through country which brings to mind the works and words of Zane Grey, and culminating in a double-barelled climax — it’s a hail of hot lead and a struggle to survive, before Calder Metairie and Emeric von Gondrecourt take those devils by the horns.

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Published February 22nd 2011 by DreamCraft
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Author Bio:

The sunny and warm Deep South of the United States is my home. Long-married, my energetic husband and two fine sons are supportive in all I do.

Like many of you, I live to read and love to write. Words – the meanings of words – fascinate me. Oh, the joy when a character grabs the reins! And no matter the time or situation, one must strive heroically to convey his intent before the dramatic words he whispers might too quickly fade away.

The unique bond strong men share has always intrigued me. Exploring the depth and nature of that special bond is what my literary exercises are now about.

I write what I love, and the dynamic and innovative Nineteenth Century, with its audacious entrepreneurs and literary giants, is my favorite period in which to play. There I can entwine in some form or fashion all my fancies! The ranchers and renegades of the Wild West; the military history of the European and American wars; the poetry, literature and music of the Romantic Period and, most especially, tales of the horses I adore.

I collect antique books. Surrounded by these jewels of the past, in bindings sumptuous or shabby, I am most content. German Romantic Literature is my particular passion – specifically, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century translations of the exquisite lyric poetry which inspired the Romantic composers to create their German Lieder … the glorious Songs of Art.

Historic authors like Goethe and Schiller were servants of princes during revolutionary periods. Nobleman Friedrich von Hardenberg, known as Novalis, conceptualized the yearning of a generation into the Blue Flower. Warrior-Poet Theodor Körner wrote swordsongs, rode with Lützow’s Free Corps, and died at a tender age upon a Napoleonic battlefield. Holding pride of place among my treasured collection are more than a score of the earliest English translations of Goethe’s masterwork “Faust.”

These are just a few of the Literary Princes who command my shelves and inspire my thoughts.

Strong, complex yet flawed individuals in challenging relationships interest me most. Many of the characters portrayed in my tales have evolved in my heart and mind since I was a girl. Now, after the experiences of a lifetime, I present their stories to you.



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Darkest Fantasy by Molly Diamond

Darkest Fantasy came across to me as a fairy tale with contemporary overtones and language with a curious mixture of the old and new. Presenting a male character mystified by the appearance of a beautiful dark-haired woman in a certain forest glade, young Jonathan is determined to find out if she is real or not, taking his camera along on a night outing to secure proof of her existence. Once there, he is presented with a choice by the changeable female creature: momentary pleasure or lifelong wealth.

Trying for a dream-like quality so the reader would question whether the young man was actually awake or asleep, I found the toggling back and forth between images jarring in a way that interrupted the story’s flow, yet they did present a nightmarish quality to the overall tale so the title is apt: “Darkest Fantasy”.

The mysterious dark-haired lady reminded me of pagan goddesses described of old, with the possibility of death or ecstasy at their touch, yet the character of Jonathon seemed colourless when compared to her richness so it was hard for me to find him believable but perhaps that is what the author intended. I found this very short story an intriguing idea which many readers will be satisfied by for “Darkest Fantasy” is definitely a sliver of erotic fantasy outside of the norm.

Book Description: In the middle of the forest, Jonathan discovers an old foundation where strange beings dance. A raven-haired beauty entices him into her arms, where she offers him the choice of enjoying her body or the fortune of his dreams. Is this woman real or merely a figment of his darkest fantasy?

Genre: Paranormal erotic romance

Length: 15 pages

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Note: This author also had begun to use the name Faith Bicknell-Brown, according to the author’s page on

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Born To Fly: You Save Me by Aliyah Burke

In the case of “Born to Fly: You Save Me” by Aliyah Burke, “as usual” is a very positive description because as usual I was impressed by the excellent pace, flow and power of this “slice of life” tale. The premise and characters immediately drew me in from the very first lines and the dialogue and vivid images created in my mind kept me interested until the very end.

Although Captain Garrick Stark initially came over as a single-minded bore even if he was supposed to be devilishly handsome and the descriptions of his often lusty state was in my opinion overplayed at times, Aliyah Burke seems to specialize in making me appreciate how a character can evolve with/by a writer’s skillful manipulation. He is eventually partnered by Delaney Byrd, another intelligent and compelling heroine by the author, though love is never easy to admit or surrender to.

I found the mix of believable characters, settings and situations with a natural progression of the relationship, not just varied sexual encounters, oustanding among other writers in the genre. Another great installment of erotic romance by Aliyah Burke which I believe fans and new readers can both appreciate.

–Reviewed by Red Haircrow

Book Description: A stubborn Texas Marine pilot and the woman of his dreams, can they make it work the second time around?

Marine pilot Captain Garrick “Paladin” Stark is back in the United States after being stationed in Japan. He loves his career but something is missing. His woman. And he wants her back.

Delaney Byrd works for the USO. One night at a club she finds herself face to face with a man she knew she’d never forget, a man who had started off as a one night stand yet lasted a year.

Garrick vows after finding Delaney this time will be different. He wants forever. Still, there’re numerous things they need to overcome. When the chance arrives for him to tell her how he feels, will she believe him? Can she look past what she is scared of becoming and accept his love?

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One Small Step by Stevie Woods

Review: Over a solid framework of decent writing Stevie Woods built a story not quite coming out, not quite first love, but I felt their literary goals were ably met and completed. The story progressed in a reasonable manner with scenes of daily life which fleshed out the main story of Stephen and Gary’s attraction.

For those who read primarily for sexual content and description, this would be an appealing story for sexual descriptions are profuse but personally I prefer subtle, less detail heavy scenes and gay sex that is accurate in mechanics. More well-rounded stories and characters are to my taste but I could see why this writer would have a supportive fan base. “One Small Step” is a perfect example of m/m fiction.

Reviewed by Red Haircrow

Personal Note: I do not usually review m/m fiction, and yes my final comment is both literal and ironic at the same time. This story is a perfect example of m/m fiction which is well-liked and received by many readers, but for me there was not enough accuracy regarding natural progression of the relationship or sex, and the dialogue and actions are very heterosexual in my opinion. I do very much respect the writer’s completion of a story which should be acknowledged of anyone who choose to present their ideas to the world.

I did have a problem with the cover. The writer is offering what is angled to be a positive gay romance, but the cover only looks like a stereotypical image of casual gay sex and for me, it lessened what the author seemed to be attempting though I do understand marketing/advertisement and realized why the image was likely chosen.

Book Description: Stephen has known since he was a teenager that he was gay, but Gary has only recently accepted that he loves Stephen as more than just a friend. Accepting his feelings is one thing, acting on them is another and Gary pulls back at the intimate moment.

Stephen is not about to give up on a relationship with the man he loves and decides to woo Gary, to help ease him into that one small step that will lead to the sexual relationship they both want. Gary agrees to go on a date with him, but Stephen plays a more subtle game that Gary realizes.

However, Stephen’s plan is interrupted when he becomes ill following a business dinner. Will it be enough to derail the dinner date Stephen has planned with Gary for the coming Friday night?

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Born To Fly: Landing In Love by Aliyah Burke

Review: I found myself drawn into “Born to Fly: Landing in Love” from the very first paragraph. The dialogue was snappy, the images vivid and the characters sensationally piqued my interest. Bliss and Erich, I knew, were the pair destined to be together somehow, someway—although it took some time for me to begin to like Erich. He was sexy, attractive and infuriating but in a way I could never entirely dismiss.

Although some expressions or phrases didn’t make sense to me, in particular the overuse of some words and descriptions and a few jumps in scene without enough explanation to keep one from slight confusion, they never seriously detracted for the mood and flow of the story as a whole because I was always compelled forward, curious to know what would happen in the end.

Without hesitation I would recommend this story to others interested in m/f erotic romance. Not just loaded with stirring sexual scenes and graphic detail, “Born to Fly” also has a strong story, powerful characters and crystal clear clarity which makes you feel like applauding after reading the final page. I would definitely be interested in other titles by Aliyah Burke.

Book Description: “Air Force pilot, Major Erich “Daredevil” Stark runs into a woman leaving a club and is immediately attracted to her. He wants to know her better but after a brief and intense interaction she slips away. When they meet again, he longs to start over.

Bliss Esparza has spent her life doing two things. Dancing and raising her younger brother, When she meets the handsome pilot she knows he¦s something special.

Erich knows she’s the one for him. But one night he finds himself tossed out of her villa after offering to help her brother with a recommendation letter for military school. Will he be able to convince her to give them another chance?”

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–Reviewed by Red Haircrow

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