Title: My Haunted Blender's Gay Love Affair and Other Twisted Tales
A collection of not-so-chilling tales of love and laughter from three of the genre's masters of pulp.
In The Bone Orchard, by Abigail Roux, Pinkerton investigator Ezra Johns and US Marshal Ambrose Shaw have a lot to learn about life—and the afterlife—in their quest to bring a vicious murderer to justice. Fortunately, they've got all the time in the world to figure it out.
In City of Monsters, by Andrea Speed, an ex-investigator turned some-kind-of-shifter (he doesn't know, but with his luck, it's probably nothing cool) is hired to find a missing reverse tooth fairy in the hellish dimension of Dev. But even simple things aren't easy for a guy with more vices than virtues, and his situation gets even more complex when a hot newcomer to Dev with a taste for danger joins him on the case.
In Horny, by Anne Tenino, a group of supernatural law enforcers enlist the help of a human, Ryan Caulfield, to catch Zeus: the god voted Least Likely to Keep It in His Pants. But there's more to Ryan than even he knows, and the satyr searching for Zeus is tempting him with far more than simple justice.
Author: Abigail Roux, Andrea Speed, Anne Tenino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Touch & Geaux, Shock and Awe, Cut & Run, Sticks and Stones, City of Monsters, Sweet Young Thang, Good Boy, 18% Gray, Poster Boy
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: August 11, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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The Bone Orchard by Abigail Roux
Abigail Roux takes her readers to San Francisco in the 1800’s with this wild wild west tale of bringing a criminal to justice ghost story. Ambrose Shaw is the US Marshall determined to see an end to Jennings Boone once and for all. He doesn’t care if he breaks every law there is to bring this man down. Ambrose has seen first-hand the horror and destruction this monster can bring.
Ezra arrives in San Francisco just two weeks after Ambrose. Ezra has brought the case information that will see Jennings’s on the gallows with a hangman’s noose. Jennings’s brand of evil is far reaching and Ezra and Ambrose soon turn into his favorite men to torment. The hauntings will become something of legend as these men continue doing their life’s work long into the afterlife.
Towards the end of Bone Orchard I had a pleasant surprise. Some of the Sidewinders had a small cameo appearance. While unexpected it also felt strange. None of them have ever given me the ‘paranormal investigator’ vibe before. I’m still on the fence about it. The ending that Ezra, Ambrose, and their (after)lifelong battle with Jennings was given felt incomplete. Perhaps in the grand scheme things and what would happen to Ezra and Ambrose in that eventuality of that… I guess that is just how it works.
City of Monsters by Andrea Speed
The City of Monsters installment in My Haunted Blender’s Gay Love Affair, and Other Twisted Tales was a little more humorous than the first one in the book. This is also the first time I have ever read author Andrea Speed. I can honestly say I mostly liked the way the world worked.
On occasion a human ends up tossed into Dev (a monster dimension) with little to no recollection of how it has happened. Hunter knows he has been turned into a shifter, he just has no clue as to what type. The new place he calls home is everything but ordinary and he knows it’ll drive him insane if he tries to figure it all out. His lackluster attitude towards his new life has left him indebted to the wrong people, with a job that he doesn’t like, all while sharing an apartment with a haunted blender that never has enough fruit.
Hunter finds exactly what he needs to break up the monotony in Sakari. Sakari is new to Dev, very new. His adventuresome personality has led him to a new place he never could have imagined much less experienced. Always the optimist he sees Hunter as a way to make an easy transition into his new life. The attraction and ability to assist each other in this crazy new world make them totally work as a couple.
Horny by Anne Tenino
The satyroi from the Immortal Moral Authority is chasing its latest ne’er-do-well God Zeus. They have been sent to Caulfield’s Roadhouse to make sure the God keeps his man bits behind closed zipper. Ryan just happens to be tied into the case a little more than anyone lets on. The satyroi know that Zeus has been at the bar to do his pantheon law breaking. The oracles that have sent them there have also given hints that there is more to be found at the bar than just Zeus and his lascivious scheming.
Ryan has had his share of heartaches. He knows the simplest way to avoid them is to not get involved. Leander of the eroté oozes sex appeal and a quick trip to lonesomeness. Ryan feels that he has nothing to offer the sexy demigod. His self-doubt leaves him believing he is nothing more than a one night good time.
Leander’s interest in Ryan has his curiosity piqued as to what is so special about this human. Leander has been with plenty of men, mortals and immortals. He knows there is something different about Ryan. He just doesn’t know enough about chasing humans to actually get more than ire from Ryan. One night of forgetting all inhibitions for both parties sheds some light on what neither of them ever saw coming.
Anne Tenino created a very fun tale with Horny. Ryan and Leander were fun to read while they danced around the attraction that would lead to the inevitable. The fellow satyroi were excellent additions to the tale. They kept the flirtiness entertaining and light. The pantheon governing techniques were interesting and allowed for the happily ever after to work out believably. This was just an all-around great read!