Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Season's Greetings, Christmas Meetings by LiesLoveAndLullibies

Season's Greetings, Christmas Meetings by LiesLoveAndLullibies

After reconnecting with his childhood friend on Thanksgiving, Connor cannot wait to spend more time with Oliver. Discovering that they both now live in the same city is a bonus...that and finding out Oliver is gay AND a great kisser!

I was so happy to discover this sequel to Home for the Holidays so I could find out what happened to Connor and Oliver after their monumental Thanksgiving holiday reunion. The story is still in it's early stages, but I look forward to seeing how Connor and Oliver's relationship grows and strengthens!

~ M

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I ❤ Yaoi: Together with Dad! by Harumitu (Free! Doujinshi)

Hello fellow yaoi lovers! The final yaoi recommendation of 2015 is the Free! doujinshi, Together with Dad! by Harumitu!

Even as children, Makoto and Haru shared a close bond, but their fathers also forged a silly friendship during their adventures watching their sons.

This is such a silly story! I've only recently become aware of Free! fans not only shipping MakoHaru, but also their fathers! You will chuckle to yourself as you read about all of the hijinks these two men get into! Check it out!

Read Together with Dad! here.

~ M

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from Slashsessed!

To all of my readers who celebrate, I hope you have a very
Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for your support throughout the past year!

~ M

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Grand Pas de Deux by Shaples

Grand Pas de Deux by Shaples

Nagisa is an incredible dancer and is studying to become a professional at a prestigious dance academy. However, in order to pay his tuition, he works as a stripper. It's good money and he gets to show off his dancing skills. Things get
a little complicated when a new, blue-haired bartender catches his eye.

I adore this story! The fact that Nagisa is a stripper may turn some people off, but it's a really interesting premise. Rei is not just the intellectual dork we've all come to know and love from the anime. There is a dark side to him AND he has tattoos! The development of Rei and Nagisa's friendship definitely brought a smile to my face, and their burgeoning romance warmed my heart. Check it out!

~ M

artwork credit: muchacha11

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I ❤ Yaoi: Let's Eat Together by Hakutou Noriko

Good morning yaoi lovers! This week's feature is Let's Eat Together by Hakutou Noriko.

While in high school, Sonoda and Matsumoto had a brief relationship. When his classmates questioned Sonoda about the relationship, he denied everything, effectively hurting and alienating his boyfriend. Now, many years later, Sonoda finds himself in a troubling situation. Matsumoto is his new roommate!

This is a pretty cute story. I thoroughly enjoyed the culinary aspect, but I also felt there were a lot of holes in the story. I wish we could have learned more about Sonoda and Matsumoto's relationship in high school and what happened after Sonoda effectively ruined everything between them. I also felt things moved a little too fast, which often happens in one shots. If the story had been fleshed out more, this could have been a really great read.

2.5 stars
~ M
Hakutou Noriko

Monday, December 21, 2015

Itty Bitty Nagron (volume 3): Marvel's Agents of Spartacus by figbash

Itty Bitty Nagron (volume 3): Marvel's Agents of Spartacus by figbash

Agron arrives home to his boyfriend engrossed in the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because a certain character looks quite a bit like himself...

The newest comic from figbash is 100% hilarious! She shows us how Agron and Nasir would react to watching shows that feature Dan & Pana, and I enjoyed every minute. I dare you not to laugh while reading! Check it out!

~ M 

artwork by figbash :)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Indigo Road by R.J. Jones

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Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel
Cover artist: Meredith Russell


Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.

Indigo Road CoverJoshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.

Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?

While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.

From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Home for the Holidays by LiesLoveAndLullibies

Home for the Holidays by LiesLoveAndLullibies

Now that he's a full-time law student, Connor finds it increasingly difficult to visit his family for the holidays. He manages to make it home to Michigan for Thanksgiving, and it's a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of class and work. Spending time with his family is always nice, but he also misses hanging out with his childhood friend and neighbor, Oliver. This holiday weekend turns out to be one that neither Connor nor Oliver will forget.

Home for the Holidays is such a sweet, sweet story! It has plenty of fluffy moments, but the author also makes everything feel very true to life. Not everything wraps itself up in a neat little package, but there is always hope for the future. I absolutely adored reading the interactions between Connor and Oliver and watching them rekindle their friendship after so many years.

If you're looking for a heartwarming, holiday-themed story, this is definitely the one for you!

~ M

picture credit: Conrad Ricamora's instagram

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I ❤ Yaoi: Darka, Kimi to (Because, With You) by Namazakana (Free! Doujinshi)

Good morning, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Darka, Kimi to (Because, With You) by Namazakana!

Feeling like a burden to his dear friend, Haru, Makoto decides to give him some space and starts dating a girl from Iwatobi. Confused and in pain, Haru spirals down into bad sleeping and eating habits that lead him to get sick. In the meantime, the pair’s friends can do nothing but watch how Makoto desires to be with Haru, and how Haru wants to be with Makoto but doesn’t want to selfishly ask him to stay after he made his choice of having a girlfriend.

Wow! This dj will hit your right in the feels from the first panel! The angst is pretty strong, but the story will also warm your heart. It perfectly encapsulates the relationship between Makoto and Haru. I also enjoyed seeing the rest of the Iwatobi & Samezuka crews do their best to help their good friends find happiness (Nagisa and Ai are so cute!). Highly recommended!

Read Darka, Kimi to (Because, With You) here.

~ M

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mira and the Doctor by MissDorktastic

Mira and the Doctor by MissDorktastic

Due to traffic, Duro is unable to take his daughter, Mira, to her doctor's appointment. After a quick phone call, Uncle Agron to the rescue! However, when the adorable doctor walks in to the examination room, Agron loses all ability to function.

This is such an adorable "first meeting" story for Agron and Nasir. All of the characters are great in their own ways, and Mira steals the show with her grown up disposition and desire to play matchmaker between her favorite doctor and uncle. Definitely give this quick read a try! Also, be sure to check out the sequel, How to Dress on a First Date!

~ M

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book Review: It's Not Yule, It's Me by Michael P. Thomas

Christmas has never been the best day of the year for Shannon. It's seems that each time the holiday rolls around, his current boyfriend breaks up with him, and in the most horrible ways. Fed up, Shannon finds himself at a local coffee shop crying and wallowing in self-pity. Feeling horrible for the poor sap, Ben, a barista, offers a shoulder to cry on and support.

Thus begins a tradition for the two men, who seem to find themselves meeting each year as yet another boyfriend breaks up with Shannon and Ben does his best to comfort him. What happens when the two friends decide to try dating each other and how will they fare when the dreaded holiday comes around again?

This is a delightful Christmas story I really enjoyed. Both of the MCs are very likable and funny in their own unique ways, but they also aren't two dimensional. There is more to Shannon than just being the dumpee on Christmas, and Ben is much more than just a kind ear for Shannon. I enjoyed learning about each character and seeing them grow as men. The one or two twists and turns towards the end definitely held my interest amongst all the fluff.

If you're in the mood for a relatively uncomplicated and sweet Christmas love story, It's Not Yule, It's Me is definitely one to try!

I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Buy Links
Smashwords | Amazon

~ M 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mr. Matsuoka by CurlyFriesFreak

Mr. Matsuoka by CurlyFriesFreak

When Haru meets his son's new teacher, Mr. Matsuoka, sparks immediately fly. As a single father, Haru must do what's best for little Makoto, so dating has been on the back burner. However, Rin's charm is just too strong to be ignored.

Awesome! That's the best word I can use to describe this story! There are twists and turns, sweet moments, tense moments and instances in which you wish you could reach through the screen and hug all of characters. Although Rin and Haru are the MCs, the secondary characters are just as complex, important and wonderful. I highly recommend this fic! You will not be disappointed!

~ M

artwork credit: Zatta

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I ❤ Yaoi: Memories and Promises by Shuu (Free! Doujinshi)

Good morning yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Memories and Promises by Shuu.

While soaking in the bath before school, Haru thinks fondly on a childhood memory between himself and Makoto and the day that determined the future of their close relationship.

Oh my goodness! This has to be one of the cutest, fluffiest MakoHaru doujinshis out there! The artwork is absolutely adorable (especially the chibis), the storyline is heartwarming and the humor will definitely make you chuckle more than once. Be sure to give this superb doujinshi a try!

Read Memories and Promises here.

~ M

Blog Tour: Rooftops by John Wiley


Title: Rooftops
Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Length: Novel
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing


rooftops coverIts summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.

Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.

Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.

And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.

While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?

Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Any Questions? by jooliewrites

Any Questions? by jooliewrites

Connor takes Oliver to the criminal law lecture hall to teach him his own private lesson.

Woo hoo! I really enjoyed this detailed look at the scene that transpired at the end of episode eight. Your pulse will quicken and you may even blush, but there are also some really sweet, tender moments! Definitely check out jooliewrites' interpretation of this hot and steamy scene!

~ M

Gif credit: moonchild30

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I ❤ Yaoi: Kekkoshitara Dounaru!? 2 (What if We Were Married!? 2) by Makiron (Free! Doujinshi)

Greetings yaoi lovers! This week's selection is the delightful doujinshi, Kekkoshitara Dounaru!? 2 (What if We Were Married!? 2) by Makiron

Haru and Makoto think back on the happiest moments of their lives since they married.

I loved seeing this little slice of life for one of my favorite Free! couples. Their bond is so strong that you can't help but melt at their sweet declarations of love for one another. If you're looking for a sweet, fluffy and uncomplicated MakoHaru read, this is the perfect doujinshi for you!

Read Kekkoshitara Dounaru!? 2 here.

~ M